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Arya and Other Stories
Chandrika Balan
Price : ₹ 425.00  
ISBN : 9788125056805
Language : English
Pages : 144
Binding : Paperback
Book Size : 140 x 216 mm
Year : 2014
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Territorial Rights : World
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About the Book

She is from a village. She is angry at her conservative mother. She is a flawed activist. She is being judged. She makes compromises. She cannot die, even if she wills it. She chooses to command. Her children want to do away with her. She looks for friendships online. She craves for fame. She musters the courage to pursue her lover. What binds her through all these is her strength; she is indomitable.

Arya and Other Stories is a collection of twelve short stories by Chandrika Balan, known in the Malayalam literary world as Chandramati. Balan brings to the reader a glimpse into the world of the woman in a village where feminism has reached. Here men know what feminism is; women know they can be independent; and, children know that their mother is not a caring-bearing machine. Balan’s exploration is into the kind of questions a woman here goes through.

Employing different writing styles—realism, magic realism and postmodernism—Balan weaves a sensitive fabric that is a study of the contemporary woman. Accompanied by K. Satchidanandan’s scholarly introduction that traces women’s writing tradition in Kerala, this collection of poignant and incisive short stories is bound to interest every reader of fiction and translation.

Table of Contents

Author’s Note
Publisher’s Acknowledgements
The Power of the Paradox: Chandrika Balan’s Short Stories in the Context of Women’s Writing in Kerala by K. Satchidanandan

  1. Devigramam
  2. Arya
  3. Bonsai
  4. The People’s Court
  5. The (Postmodern) Story of Jyoti Viswanath
  6. The Fifth One
  7. An Optical Illusion
  8. The Story of a Poem
  9. A Companion for the Twilight Hour
  10. Website
  11. Sponsors Please
  12. The Relevance of Graham Greene in the Life of a Bride
Contributors (Author(s), Editor(s), Translator(s), Illustrator(s) etc.)

Chnadrika Balan is a winner of two awards by the Kerala Sahitya Akademi. She has written over 22 books in Malayalam under the pen-name Chandramati.