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Arya and Other Stories

Chandrika Balan (Author) K. Satchidanandan (Introduction)

She is from a village. She is angry at her conservative mother. She is a flawed activist. She is being judged. She makes compromises. She cannot die, even if she wills it. She chooses to command. Her children want to do away with her. She looks for friendships online. She craves for fame. She musters the courage to pursue her lover. What binds her through all these is her strength; she is indomitable.

Arya and Other Stories is a collection of twelve short stories by Chandrika Balan, known in the Malayalam literary world as Chandramati. Balan brings to the reader a glimpse into the world of the woman in a village where feminism has reached. Here men know what feminism is; women know they can be independent; and, children know that their mother is not a caring-bearing machine. Balan’s exploration is into the kind of questions a woman here goes through.

Employing different writing styles-realism, magic realism and postmodernism-Balan weaves a sensitive fabric that is a study of the contemporary woman. Accompanied by K. Satchidanandan’s scholarly introduction that traces women’s writing tradition in Kerala, this collection of poignant and incisive short stories is bound to interest every reader of fiction and translation.

Contents: Introduction: The power of the paradox: Chandrika Balan’s short stories in the context of women’s writing in Kerala by K. Satchidanandan. 1. Devigramam. 2. Arya. 3. Bonsai. 4. The People’s court. 5. The (Postmodern) story of Jyoti Viswanath. 6. The fifth one. 7. An optical illusion. 8. The story of a poem. 9. A Companion for the twilight hour. 10. Website. 11. Sponsors please. 12. The relevance of Graham Greene in the life of a bride.

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About the author

K. Satchidanandan

K Satchidanandan, the editor of this anthology, is one of the pioneers of modern Indian poetry.  He has authored 20 volumes of poetry besides 15 books of translations of poetry, 15 volumes of essays and 2 plays in Malayalam and 2 books on Indian literature in English.  He has edited several volumes of poetry, short stories and critical essays in Malayalam, English and Hindi.  There are 21 volumes of his work in translation in 14 languages including English, French and Indian.  He has represented Indian literature at several international events in India, Thailand, China, Russia, France, Germany, Sweden, Yugoslavia, U.S.A., etc. and won 15 awards for creative writing.  At present he is the Secretary of Sahitya Akademi, the National Academy of Letters in India.

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Bibliographic information

Title Arya and Other Stories
Format Softcover
Date published: 12.12.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788125056805
length xvi+128p., 22cm.