Zindaginama: 'An abridged Mahabharata of our times. An unparalleled classic of modern India literature. A monument of magnificent imagination.'

Description Read Full Description
About the Book At the Turn of the Century the British Imperialists have been in India for over 150 years. However, life in the small village of Shahpur in undivided Punjab has remained largely unchanged. The menfolk look to the wealthy and worldly-wise Shahji and his benevolent younger brother Kashi for support and advice, while it is Shahji's wife's home and hearth that is the centre of all celebrations for the women. Local disputes, trade, politics, a trickling of news from the Lahore newsp...
About the Book
At the Turn of the Century the British Imperialists have been in India for over 150 years.

However, life in the small village of Shahpur in undivided Punjab has remained largely unchanged. The menfolk look to the wealthy and worldly-wise Shahji and his benevolent younger brother Kashi for support and advice, while it is Shahji's wife's home and hearth that is the centre of all celebrations for the women. Local disputes, trade, politics, a trickling of news from the Lahore newspaper are all discussed every evening at the Shahs' haveli. But as the Ghadar Movement gains momentum elsewhere in India and abroad, bringing into focus the excesses of the British, the simple village of Shahpur cannot help looking inward. Discontent has set in.

Krishna Sobti's magnum opus brilliantly captures the story of India through a village where people of many faiths coexisted peacefully, living off the land. In telling the intricately woven personal and collective histories of a wide set of characters, she imbues each with a unique voice, simultaneously enriching the text with an idiom particular to the land. First published in Hindi in 1979, this is a magnificent portrait of the Indian subcontinent on the brink of its cataclysmic division.

About the Author
Krishna Sobti was born in 1925. Her first short story 'Lama' was published in 1944. Her early novels Channa (1954) and Dar Se Bichchuri (1958) marked Sobti as one of the voices in contemporary Hindi prose that could not be ignored. Subsequent works such as Mitro Marjani (1966), Yaron Ke Yar (1968), Tin Pahar (1968), Suraj Mukhi Andhere Ke (1972) further established Sobti as an unapologetically outspoken female voice, and created a sensation amongst both readers and critics. She won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1980 for Zindaginama and in 1996, she was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship. In 2005, the English translation of her novel Dil-o-Danish won the Hutch-Crossword Award. She was offered the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 2010, which she declined, stating that, 'As a writer, I have to keep a distance from the establishment. I think I did the right thing.’

Neer Kanwal Mani has translated a variety of literary and non-literary sezt.s. Her twelve books in translation include the comic Du-Rex ke we for United Nations Development Programme, four books from The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, two novels by Paulo Coelho along with folk narratives and oral epics for IGNCA, New Delhi. She translated Kerstin Ekman's Blackwater as a part of Indo-Swedish Writers Union Project in 2001-02.

An Associate Professor in English, Neer has been engaging modems in literature, critical theory and translation for twenty-six wars. To many, her approach is life-altering; her methods, thought-prcwoldrig and multi-layered.

Mazumdar is an editor and occasional translator based out of Koilata with an interest in literary translation, long walks and cycling.

Book's Sample Pages





Item Code: NAQ467 Author: Krishna Sobti Cover: PAPERBACK Edition: 2016 Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers ISBN: 9789351775881 Language: English Size: 9.00 X 6.00 inch Pages: 480 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 0.4 Kg
Price: $31.00
Shipping Free
Viewed 384 times since 17th Apr, 2019
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to Zindaginama: 'An abridged Mahabharata of our times. An unparalleled... (Language and Literature | Books)

Reflections and Variations on The Mahabharata
Stories from The Mahabharata - A Sanskrit Coursebook for Intermediate Level With DVD Inside (Set of 3 Volumes)
Elements Of Poetry In The Mahabharata
Transmission of the Mahabharata Tradition: Vyasa and Vyasids (Studies in Indian and Asian Civilizations)
Rabindranath Tagore On The Ramayana and The Mahabharata
विदुलापुत्रीयम्: A Short Play in Sanskrit Based on The Mahabharata
The Serpent's Revenge - Unusual Tales from the Mahabharata
Reflections on the Mahabharata War
Mahabharata
महाभारत धरा की लोक कथाएँ: Folk Stories Based on Mahabharata
Mahabharata (The Greatest Epic of the World that Showcases the High Moral Values)
Inspiring Tales from the Mahabharata
Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavata Writers (A Good Book Published on Bad Quality Paper)
The Mahabharata (Comic Book)
Heroes from The Mahabharata: Bheeshma, Drona, Tales of Arjuna, Karna, Abhimanyu (Comic)
Testimonials
My previous purchasing order has safely arrived. I'm impressed. My trust and confidence in your business still firmly, highly maintained. I've now become your regular customer, and looking forward to ordering some more in the near future.
Chamras, Thailand
Excellent website with vast variety of goods to view and purchase, especially Books and Idols of Hindu Deities are amongst my favourite. Have purchased many items over the years from you with great expectation and pleasure and received them promptly as advertised. A Great admirer of goods on sale on your website, will definately return to purchase further items in future. Thank you Exotic India.
Ani, UK
Thank you for such wonderful books on the Divine.
Stevie, USA
I have bought several exquisite sculptures from Exotic India, and I have never been disappointed. I am looking forward to adding this unusual cobra to my collection.
Janice, USA
My statues arrived today ….they are beautiful. Time has stopped in my home since I have unwrapped them!! I look forward to continuing our relationship and adding more beauty and divinity to my home.
Joseph, USA
I recently received a book I ordered from you that I could not find anywhere else. Thank you very much for being such a great resource and for your remarkably fast shipping/delivery.
Prof. Adam, USA
Thank you for your expertise in shipping as none of my Buddhas have been damaged and they are beautiful.
Roberta, Australia
Very organized & easy to find a product website! I have bought item here in the past & am very satisfied! Thank you!
Suzanne, USA
This is a very nicely-done website and shopping for my 'Ashtavakra Gita' (a Bangla one, no less) was easy. Thanks!
Shurjendu, USA
Thank you for making these rare & important books available in States, and for your numerous discounts & sales.
John, USA