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Melting Moments: A Collection of Punjabi Short Stories

Rana Nayar (Author) Raghbir Dhand (Author)
Synopsis The first ever attempt to showcase Raghbir Dhand’s work in the English language, melting Moments, a collection of fourteen stories, is also his best in terms of variety of themes, ideas, technique and craft.As an individual and a writer, Dhand always sought to negotiate the complex ghettoized, feudal Punjabi identity through the mish-mash of racism, politics of exclusion/identity/language and culture. These stories deal exclusively with the problems of dual cultural identity. Ripping off the complex layers of every known form of human character/situation, Dhand compels us to reflect on the condition of our own lives.Each story is situational narrative of dispersal, often reified by the memory of diasporic consciousness, constituted both positively and negatively. Searching for a foothold, some of these stories return to the reality or the myth of the memory-locked homeland; others struggle desperately to understand the rationale behind the collapsing affiliative structures; whereas still others, simply race on ahead to embrace whatever fragmented realities the host land may have had to offer.Using language with the deftness of a visual artist, Dhand paints haunting images in vivid colours, applying small, delicate strokes. By weaving a complex web of the character, situation and setting, he often brings to fore the power of his own suggestiveness. With their astounding range and vast canvas, these stories are perhaps the best tribute to Dhand’s cosmopolitanism and liberal humanism.
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About the author

Rana Nayar

Scholar, critic, translataor and theatre artist, Rana Nayar teaches at the Department of English, Panjab University, Chandigarh. His translations of Gurdial Singh include two novels, Night of the Half-Moon (Macmillan, Chennai, 1996) and Parsa (NBT, New Delhi, 1999), and a collection of stories, Earthy Tones (Fiction House, New Delhi, 2002). From Across the Shores (Sterling, New Delhi, 2002), a collection of stories written in Punjabi by Asians in Britain, is his path-breaking work in translation, which he did at the British Centre of Literary Translation, University of East Anglia, Norwich in 1999, on a Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship. His forthcoming publications are: The Eye of the Doe and Other Stories in English translation, and The Curse of a Tree (Creative Circle, Chandigarh), a collection of Biba Balwant’s poems in translation. He is currently researching a book, (Mis) readings of the Mahabharata: ideology, Narrative, History and Culture and also translating Gurdial Singh’s novel, Anhoe. He has directed several plays and published more than three dozen articles, reviews and research papers in journals of national and international repute.

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Title Melting Moments: A Collection of Punjabi Short Stories
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8186898050
length 220p.