21 October, 2020

Daughters Of Brahmaputra

Homen Borgohain’s short fiction breathes the Assamese way of life in vivid detail. In background and versatile characterisation, they are enduring gems.

Daughters Of Brahmaputra
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2017-09-09T12:03:51+05:30

The Collected Works of Homen Borgohain brings, in translation, two novellas and 12 short stories from the acclaimed Assamese writer’s oeuvre—a huge body of work. A journalist and public int­­ellectual with a thorough underst­anding of Assam’s complex issues, his is a greatly valued voice. His trend-setting fiction makes him a foremost voice in the varied pantheon of Assamese wri­­ters. His total grasp of his material—background and characters—as well as his deft handling of situations are sho­w­cased in this carefully culled selection.

The themes of these stories show a variety that ranges from rural lives of the past to con­­temporary urban dilemmas. All ring true and bring to life vividly the amb­ience that shapes character and action.

Several are coming-of-age stories, with the protagonist being a boy on the threshold of manhood. The world beyond the comfort level of a mother’s care, love for the village and growing awareness of girls are a leitmotif in...

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