27 October, 2020

Summer Blossoms

Good reading for long summer afternoons

Summer Blossoms
NO crashingly epic storylines and starburst imagination. Instead, small quiet stories of tentative yet deep observation, told as profoundly and as unpretentiously as only women can. We who have seen life form and grow in our own bodies are outrageously prosaic. We know that god doesn’t roar, frighteningly far away. He and the creative imagination that reaches for him, exists and breathes in everyday dramas and chores. A child falls in love with a fig tree in Sukrita Paul Kumar’s tragic Fig Blossom, a Delhi yuppie discovers The Meaning of Life in Hardwar in Namita Gokhale’s satirical Omens, Sacred and Profane and a little boy skips along to the outhouse of servants in Shama Futehally’s heartbreaking Jani’s Morning. Eternity in a grain of sand and splendour in the grass! In Madhu Kishwar’s Twenty or Twenty Five, the relationship between memsahib and maid becomes a glimpse into the urban economy. In Bulbul Sharma’s Anadi’s Journey, the now fashionable discourse of exile is made so...


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