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By the Sabarmati

By the Sabarmati

Stories

Esther David
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Twenty-two extraordinary stories from the lives of women we have always known

What happens when women decide to shed their inhibitions and speak out about their deepest feelings? What stories lie behind their closed doors in the slums and pols of Ahmedabad?
This sparkling collection tells us about the dreams and aspirations, the victories and defeats of women we have met every day—on the streets, at home, in our neighbourhoods. In simple unadorned prose Esther David recounts the stories of Maya Desai, tormented by the knowledge of her beauty and driven to suicide by a world which refuses to recognize her true self; of Vesti, who meets an unlikely saviour after being branded as a witch; of Amina, who never steps beyond the threshold of her house, but when her family begins to fall apart, proves to be a tower of strength; and of Vidya, the wife of an itinerant performer, who comes across a strange apparition in the course of a somnolent afternoon.
There are young women and old, struggling against disappointment, failed love and the death of near ones. At times funny, at times disturbing, these stories are a testament to their heroic and moving endeavour to rise above their limitations.

Imprint: India Penguin

Published: Oct/2000

ISBN: 9780140278439

Length : 200 Pages

MRP : ₹200.00

By the Sabarmati

Stories

Esther David

Twenty-two extraordinary stories from the lives of women we have always known

What happens when women decide to shed their inhibitions and speak out about their deepest feelings? What stories lie behind their closed doors in the slums and pols of Ahmedabad?
This sparkling collection tells us about the dreams and aspirations, the victories and defeats of women we have met every day—on the streets, at home, in our neighbourhoods. In simple unadorned prose Esther David recounts the stories of Maya Desai, tormented by the knowledge of her beauty and driven to suicide by a world which refuses to recognize her true self; of Vesti, who meets an unlikely saviour after being branded as a witch; of Amina, who never steps beyond the threshold of her house, but when her family begins to fall apart, proves to be a tower of strength; and of Vidya, the wife of an itinerant performer, who comes across a strange apparition in the course of a somnolent afternoon.
There are young women and old, struggling against disappointment, failed love and the death of near ones. At times funny, at times disturbing, these stories are a testament to their heroic and moving endeavour to rise above their limitations.

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Esther David

Esther David is an artist, critic, professor of art and a columnist for the Ahmedabad editions of The Times of India and the Indian Express. Her first novel, The Walled City, a story of three generations of Indian Jewish women was published to wide acclaim.

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