Selected Stories of Mannu Bhandari, Rajee Seth & Archana Varma by Ruth Vanita
With an uncanny eye for the nuances of individual situations and strong evocative styles, the three writers in this volume give us an insight into the interior landscapes of characters drawn largely from the Hindi-speaking middle and poorer class.
We meet restless and frustrated characters fighting against the demands and hypocrisies of both the conservative and so-called ‘liberal’ aspects of society. Here the interior monologue is the primary form of expression, loneliness and alienation are dominant, and the personal is the chosen space for the articulation of politics. These are three profoundly existential writers and the stories, masterpieces of psychological realism.
Ruth Vanita, raised and educated in Delhi, taught at Delhi University for 20 years and now teaches at the University of Montana. Founding co-editor of Manushi, India’s first nationwide feminist magazine, she is the author of several books, most recently Gender, Sex and the City: Urdu Rekhti Poetry 1780-1870, and co-editor of Same-Sex Love in India: A Literary History. She has translated many works of fiction and poetry from Hindi to English, most recently Alone Together: Selected Stories of Mannu Bhandari, Rajee Seth and Archana Varma.