Lajwanti and Other Stories
In Lajwanti and Other Stories, Mulk Raj Anand focuses on a woman's predicament and struggle to find an identity for herself. Frustrated by a rigid pattern of social relationships, gender bias, religious bigotry and her own petty human foibles, her abject condition serves as a metaphor for sacrifice and servility which form the thematic heart of these stories.
'Mr Anand has a marvellous power of evoking an immense varied life as it bubbles in front of his eyes, without once losing contact with his characters... Anand's picture is real, comprehensive, and subtle, and the shifts in moods, from farce to comedy, from pathos to tragedy, and from realistic to the poetic, are remarkable." - V S Pritchett, British Literary Critic
'With great deftness, Anand pictures India...'Books Abroad, USA
Table of Contents
Lajwanti — Dedicated to Roshan Marker
The Tamarind Tree — Dedicated to Satyajit Ray
The Priest and the Pigeons — Dedicated to M S Randhawa
Lady Bountiful — Dedicated to Shankar Pillai
The Hiccup — Dedicated to Keki Masani
The Brothers — Dedicated to Pandit Shiv Sharma
At What Price, My Brothers? — Dedicated to R K Karanjia
Anjali Hasta — Dedicated to Roshan Vajifdar
The Man Who Was Too Honest for His Job — Dedicated to Rashpal Malhotra
Mother — Dedicated to George Keyt
Torrents of Wrath — Dedicated to K B Vaid
The Silver Bangles — Dedicated to Krishna Chopra
Mulk Raj Anand (1905-2004) was one of the most prominent novelists and short story writers, and with Raja Rao and R K Narayan, is regarded as a founding father of English fiction in India. Son of a copper-smith and a soldier, Anand was born in Peshawar. He was educated at the Universities of Punjab, Cambridge and London.
Recipient of many coveted honours, he was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1971, Padma Bhushan in 1967 and held the prestigious Tagore Chair at the Punjab University.
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Extent: 120 pp