From these unpromising beginnings, Ao went on to become one of Northeast India's best known writers and to build a distinguished teaching career, serving as Director of the Northeast Zone Cultural Centre, and finally, Dean of the School of Humanities and Education, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong.
Temsula Ao describes her memoir as 'an attempt to exorcise my own personal ghosts from a fractured childhood that was ripped apart by a series of tragedies... [it] is about love and what it is like to be deprived of it.' For her readers, Ao’s memoir gives not only an insight into her role as a leading figure in the Northeast, but is also a moving account of a writerly life.
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splendid novel — serious, disturbing, lyrical and irresistibly readable,
a fascinating exploration into the turbulent inner world of a
successful urban India.
Som Bhaskar is a
millionaire-industrialist, married to a woman of his choice who has
borne him two children, yet relentlessly driven by undefined hunger
which he unsuccessfully seeks to satisfy by possession — of an object, a
business enterprise, a woman. Much like Saul Bellow's Henderson he is
always crying, 'I want, I want, I want.' His search taken him from
Bombay to Benares, at once holy and repellent — with its narrow, dirty
lanes, dancing girls and a mystical aura.
contrasting juxtaposition of locales, the novel explores the meaning of
life and death, illusion and reality, desire and
Here is an eternally contemporary theme with all
its complexities; the story's spiritual and sensuous dimensions are
interwoven with great finesse making this novel a rare, unforgettable
'The Last Labyrinth is considered an outstanding
contribution to Indian English literature for its restless search for a
meaning in human existence, its treatment of the multiple levels of
reality, challenging narrative technique and an evocative use of
language.' — Sahitya Akademi Award
'The story is beautifully written... holds
the reader's undivided attention to the finis.' —
Opening in Calcutta in the 1960s, Amitav Ghosh's radiant second novel follows two families—one English, one Bengali—as their lives intertwine in tragic and comic ways. The narrator, Indian born and English educated, traces events back and forth in time, from the outbreak of World War II to the late twentieth century, through years of Bengali partition and violence, observing the ways in which political events invade private lives.
Bakha is a proud and attractive young man, yet none the less he is an Untouchable - an outcast in India's caste system. It is a system that is even now only slowly changing and was then as cruel and debilitating as that of apartheid. Into this vivid re-creation of one day in the life of Bakha, sweeper and toilet-cleaner, Anand pours a vitality, fire and richness of detail that earn his place as one of the twentieth century's most important Indian writers.
'One of the most eloquent and imaginative works to deal with this difficult and emotive subject' Martin Seymour-Smith
'It recalled to me very vividly the occasions I have walked 'the wrong way' in an Indian city, and it is a way down which no novelist has yet taken me' E. M. Forster