Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Best Deals
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > Language and Literature > A Window Lived in a Wall
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
A Window Lived in a Wall
A Window Lived in a Wall
Description

About the Book:

Raghuvar Prasad teaches Mathematics at a local college. He lives in a one-room rental eight miles away from his place of work. He travels to work by jitney, cramming into whatever space is left by other passengers, milk cans, winter blankets and vegetable baskets. The Mode of Transportation is unreliable; jitneys won't stop an elephant befriends him, offering him a ride to the college on his elephant. The Head of the Mathematics Department suggests that Raghuvar prasad Borrow the bicyle which seems to have been abandoned on the college verandah. Raguvar Prasad attempts these variations and wonders whether he shouldn't move closer to the college to save money on travel.

He has just been married. The day his wife Sonsi arrives in town to begin their domestic life together Raghuvar Prasad happens to come home mounted on an elephant. She imagines elephants are part of Raghuvar Prasad's usual life style.

Vinod Kumar Shukla's apparently slight novel reaches into the depth of feeling Raghuvar Prasad and Sonsi have for one another and for the world of lower middle class neighbors among whom they belong. Their possessions are meager: the single room barely accommodates their bed, the water pot, the kitchen utensils and the tin box in which Sonsi Keeps her precious things. But there is a magical place beyond the window which sustains Raghuvar prasad's and Sonsi's spirit. This window lived in wall.

 

About the Author:

Vinod Kumar Shukla, Hindi Poet and fiction writer was born in 1937. He has over 20 Publications to his credit. Shukla is recipient of several awards including Shikhar Samman in 1995 and the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1997 for this work. His works have been translated into Marathi, Urdu, Malayalam, English and German.

Satti Khanna teaches Indian film and literature in the Department of Asian and African Languages and Literature at Duke University, USA. He also interprets the lives of contemporary Indian writers to an international audience through a series of translations and documentary films. A Window Lived in a Wall is the second work of Vinod Kumar Shukla's fiction to be translated by Kahanna. His translation of Naukar ki Kamiz (The Servant's Shirt) was published by Penguin Indian in 1999.

 

Preface

SK: How did you begin work on A Window Lived in a Wall?

VKS: I had just finished the novel Let It Bloom during my fellowship at the Nirala Srijanpeeth in Bhopal. This was during the period 1994 to 1996. Let It Bloom was a novel of suffering. The thought came to me as I was writing Let It Bloom that I should write another novel in which there should be redemption from suffering. And I don't know when or by what means A Window Lived in a Wall took form as a novel of the happiness possible to ordinary people. I felt as I wrote that I had located a lantern's worth of light in the immense darkness.

SK: You mentioned a pilgrimage you and your family had made to Jagannath Puri.

VKS: We were on our way back from Jagannath Puri in October 1990, tired after seeing all the sights. We had to change trains at Bilaspur. By mistake we got on the wrong express train and had to get down at Bhatapara to await a passenger train which should take us on to Raipur. The passenger train would arrive in four hours. The children were tired. We were all tired. Across from us on the platform I saw a village woman with her four children waiting for the same train. The woman was beautiful, carved by a sculptor out of dark marble. Her smile was beautiful. Gazing at the woman I thought that even in the worst circumstances happiness must lurk nearby. She was extremely poor. There was a basket of overripe bananas for sale. Some of them had turned black. The woman bought a single banana for her four children.

She peeled the banana and divided it into four. One of the pieces fell out of the hands of one of the children. The woman picked up the banana piece from the cement platform to hand to her child. There is too much darkness, I thought. It is impossible to traverse such darkness. In which case, where has the woman found reason to smile?

The translation below is based on the Vani Prakashan edition of Deevar Mein Ek Khidki Rahti Thi (New Delhi, 1997). The translator would like to acknowledge the numerous helpful suggestions made by Vinod Kumar Shukla of Raipur and Nasreen Munni Kabir of London.

Sample Pages













A Window Lived in a Wall

Item Code:
IDG658
Cover:
Hardcover
Edition:
2005
Publisher:
ISBN:
8126021721
Language:
English
Size:
8.9" X 5.7"
Pages:
231
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 440 gms
Price:
$16.50   Shipping Free
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
A Window Lived in a Wall

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 6669 times since 22nd Dec, 2014

About the Book:

Raghuvar Prasad teaches Mathematics at a local college. He lives in a one-room rental eight miles away from his place of work. He travels to work by jitney, cramming into whatever space is left by other passengers, milk cans, winter blankets and vegetable baskets. The Mode of Transportation is unreliable; jitneys won't stop an elephant befriends him, offering him a ride to the college on his elephant. The Head of the Mathematics Department suggests that Raghuvar prasad Borrow the bicyle which seems to have been abandoned on the college verandah. Raguvar Prasad attempts these variations and wonders whether he shouldn't move closer to the college to save money on travel.

He has just been married. The day his wife Sonsi arrives in town to begin their domestic life together Raghuvar Prasad happens to come home mounted on an elephant. She imagines elephants are part of Raghuvar Prasad's usual life style.

Vinod Kumar Shukla's apparently slight novel reaches into the depth of feeling Raghuvar Prasad and Sonsi have for one another and for the world of lower middle class neighbors among whom they belong. Their possessions are meager: the single room barely accommodates their bed, the water pot, the kitchen utensils and the tin box in which Sonsi Keeps her precious things. But there is a magical place beyond the window which sustains Raghuvar prasad's and Sonsi's spirit. This window lived in wall.

 

About the Author:

Vinod Kumar Shukla, Hindi Poet and fiction writer was born in 1937. He has over 20 Publications to his credit. Shukla is recipient of several awards including Shikhar Samman in 1995 and the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1997 for this work. His works have been translated into Marathi, Urdu, Malayalam, English and German.

Satti Khanna teaches Indian film and literature in the Department of Asian and African Languages and Literature at Duke University, USA. He also interprets the lives of contemporary Indian writers to an international audience through a series of translations and documentary films. A Window Lived in a Wall is the second work of Vinod Kumar Shukla's fiction to be translated by Kahanna. His translation of Naukar ki Kamiz (The Servant's Shirt) was published by Penguin Indian in 1999.

 

Preface

SK: How did you begin work on A Window Lived in a Wall?

VKS: I had just finished the novel Let It Bloom during my fellowship at the Nirala Srijanpeeth in Bhopal. This was during the period 1994 to 1996. Let It Bloom was a novel of suffering. The thought came to me as I was writing Let It Bloom that I should write another novel in which there should be redemption from suffering. And I don't know when or by what means A Window Lived in a Wall took form as a novel of the happiness possible to ordinary people. I felt as I wrote that I had located a lantern's worth of light in the immense darkness.

SK: You mentioned a pilgrimage you and your family had made to Jagannath Puri.

VKS: We were on our way back from Jagannath Puri in October 1990, tired after seeing all the sights. We had to change trains at Bilaspur. By mistake we got on the wrong express train and had to get down at Bhatapara to await a passenger train which should take us on to Raipur. The passenger train would arrive in four hours. The children were tired. We were all tired. Across from us on the platform I saw a village woman with her four children waiting for the same train. The woman was beautiful, carved by a sculptor out of dark marble. Her smile was beautiful. Gazing at the woman I thought that even in the worst circumstances happiness must lurk nearby. She was extremely poor. There was a basket of overripe bananas for sale. Some of them had turned black. The woman bought a single banana for her four children.

She peeled the banana and divided it into four. One of the pieces fell out of the hands of one of the children. The woman picked up the banana piece from the cement platform to hand to her child. There is too much darkness, I thought. It is impossible to traverse such darkness. In which case, where has the woman found reason to smile?

The translation below is based on the Vani Prakashan edition of Deevar Mein Ek Khidki Rahti Thi (New Delhi, 1997). The translator would like to acknowledge the numerous helpful suggestions made by Vinod Kumar Shukla of Raipur and Nasreen Munni Kabir of London.

Sample Pages













Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to A Window Lived in a Wall (Language and Literature | Books)

The Aryas: Facts without Fancy and Fiction
by Malati J. Shendge
Hardcover (Edition: 1996)
Abhinav Publications
Item Code: IDE475
$19.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Cult of the Mother Goddess (Fictions and Facts)
by Dr. Madhusudan Mishra
Hardcover (Edition: 2013)
Eastern Book Linkers
Item Code: NAF714
$32.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction
Item Code: NAI362
$25.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Between Ethnography and Fiction: Verrier Elwin and the Tribal Question in India
Deal 15% Off
Item Code: IDI519
$55.00$46.75
You save: $8.25 (15%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Women Writing Gender Marathi Fiction before Independence
by Meera Kosambi
Hardcover (Edition: 2012)
Permanent Black
Item Code: NAG204
$40.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Distant Traveller (New and Selected Fiction)
by Attia Hosain
Paperback (Edition: 2013)
Women Unlimited
Item Code: NAF891
$25.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Filming Fiction (Tagore, Premchand, and Ray)
Item Code: NAF378
$32.50
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Culinary Fiction: Food in South Asian Diasporic Culture
Item Code: NAF132
$35.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Frontiers Of Fiction (Samvatsat Lectures - Thirteen)
by M. T. Vasudevan Nair
Paperback (Edition: 2000)
Sahitya Akademi
Item Code: IDE134
$5.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Testimonials
Thank you very much. It was very easy ordering from the website. I hope to do future purchases from you. Thanks again.
Santiago, USA
Thank you for great service in the past. I am a returning customer and have purchased many Puranas from your firm. Please continue the great service on this order also.
Raghavan, USA
Excellent service. I feel that there is genuine concern for the welfare of customers and there orders. Many thanks
Jones, United Kingdom
I got the rare Pt Raju's book with a very speedy and positive service from Exotic India. Thanks a lot Exotic India family for such a fantabulous response.
Dr. A. K. Srivastava, Allahabad
It is with great pleasure to let you know that I did receive both books now and am really touched by your customer service. You developed great confidence in me. Will again purchase books from you.
Amrut, USA.
Thank you for existing and sharing India's wonderful heritage and legacy to the world.
Angela, UK
Dear sir/sirs, Thanks a million for the two books I ordered on your website. I have got both of them and they are very much helpful for my paper writing.
Sprinna, China
Exotic India has excellent and speedy service.
M Sherman, USA
Your selection of books is impressive and unique in USA. Thank you.
Jaganath, USA
Exotic India has the best selection of Hindu/Buddhist Gods and Goddesses in sculptures and books of anywhere I know.
Michael, USA
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2018 © Exotic India