By Barbara H. Solomon, Eileen Panetta
24 tales from today's top indian authors
India's literary culture has stumbled on a turning out to be viewers around the globe. Many gifted writers have arrived at the scene, each one illuminating diversified components of the Indian event, from years of colonial rule to the original demanding situations of existence within the West.
this crucial anthology contains brief tales and novel excerpts from Salman Rushdie, Kiran Desai, Rohinton Mistry, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Anita Desai, Bharati Mukherjee, R. ok. Narayan, and 16 more.
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And talking of women’s rights, some women take it too far. Mrs. Parekh is having, as the books say, a torrid affair with a married man. This man’s wife is presently with her parents and when Mrs. Parekh’s husband is on tour, she spends the night with him, and comes back early in the morning to get her children ready for school. Everyone has seen her car parked in the middle of the night outside his ﬂat. Today our ayah said, memsahib, people like us do it for money. Why do memsahibs like her do it?
She began to write. Sometimes when one is troubled, she wrote, and there is no solution for the trouble, prayer helps. It gives you the strength to carry on. I know you don’t believe in rituals, but all I’m asking you to do is to light the lamp in the morning, light an agarbatti, fold your hands, close your eyes and think of truth and correct actions. That’s all. Keep these items and the silver idol of Ganesha which I put into your suitcase in a corner in your cupboard or on your desk. For the mother, who had prayed all her life, prayer was like bathing or brushing her teeth or chopping onions.
No, nothing, she thought, the tiredness weighing down her eyes. She was ranting—the child could do without it. But how, how could she not think of this daughter of hers, who in the last few months had rushed from her usual, settled quietness to 12 Anjana Appachana such unsettled stillness that it seemed the very house would begin to balloon outwards, unable to contain her straining. Enough, she wrote. Let me give you the news before I make you angry with my grief. The day after you left, Mrs. Gupta from next door dropped in to comfort me, bless her.