FOCUS - GUJARATI PROSE LITERATURE

Gujarati prose had a humble beginning only two centuries ago with the works of social reformers like Dalpatram and Narmada Shankar, and soon scaled new heights with the advent of novelists like Nand Shankar Mehta and Goverdhanram Tripathy, whose ‘Saraswati chandra’ went on to become a classic not only in Gujarati but of entire Indian literature. Writings of Mahatma Gandhi and Kanhaiyalal Munshi gave a new thrust and vigour in the 20th century, and the post-independence era saw several eminent writers enrich various genres to put Gujarati prose among the front runners in Indian literature today.

‘Language is like a mountain ranged with numerous pinnacles ...’ writes Dileep Jhaveri, editor of this section in his lead article, tracing the growth of Gujarati prose in the last two hundred years. He presents articles by some of the well-known contemporary writers to offer a glimpse of some of the ‘pinnacles’. Discover them. >>>

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ARTICLES/DISCUSSION
Bhawana Pillai discusses Maitreyi Pushpa’s (pic) critically acclaimed ‘Chinhaar’. Rudra Kinshuk analyses Tara Patel; Umesh Kumar takes a look at Phanishwar Nath Renu and Tanvi Sharma discusses novels and a film that present Gandhi’s outlook. Sahdev Luhar builds a case for alternative literary canon for Indian writings. The section also carries a conversation with writer Kavita Kane. >>>

BOOK REVIEWS
Prof Somdatta Mandal (pic) critically evaluates ‘Jora Sanko, the Joined Bridge’ a collection of poetry in English by Bengalis. Glenis Mendonca reviews ‘Tsunami Simon’; Rumpa Das and Naqui Ahmad John separately review ‘My Glass of Wine’; veteran reviewer Patricia Prime takes a look at ‘Manhood, Grasshood and Birdhood’. Namrata Chaturvedi reviews ‘The Mysterious Ailment of Rupi Baskey.’ >>>

FICTION
Ananya Sarkar (pic) presents a modern day Cinderella in her ‘The New Cinderella Story’. Other delightful short fiction featured are: Ardhendu Chatterjee’s ‘Against Nature’; Ashok Patwari’s ‘Quest for a Guru’; Mubashir’s ‘The Email Lover’; and Supreeta Singh’s ‘Being Human’. Editor of the section Shernaz Wadia quotes Paul Zak: “Stories are powerful because they transport us into other people’s worlds.” Take a ride. >>>

POETRY
Read Eric M Gurevitch’s (pic) translated verses from the 12th century Sanskrit classic, Bilhana’s Vikramāṅkadevacarita. Other poets included in the section are: Ankita Anand, Astha Gupta, Garima Sharma, Harisham Minhas, Howard Winn, Jaydeep Sarangi, Jharna Sanyal, Kamlakar Bhat, Pooja Garg and Prerna Bakshi. Also featured are some of the best poems posted in the online forum YOUR SPACE. Read on >>>





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