Bijnis Woman

Bijnis Woman

Stories of Uttar Pradesh I Heard from My Parents, Mausis and Buas


A masaledaar mix of fact and fiction, action and emotion, drama and passion—these strange, funny, intriguing tales from small-town Uttar Pradesh have been passed orally from one generation to the next. They are likely to make one exclaim, ‘This couldn’t have happened!’ even as the narrators swear they are nothing but pure fact. The bizarre chronicle of a lazy daughter-in-law, the court clerk who loved eating chaat, two cousins inseparable even in death, a blind teacher who fell in love with a woman with beautiful eyes and other wild tales from Bareilly, Lucknow, Hapur, Badaun, Sapnawat and Pilibhit, places big and small, in that fascinating part of India called Uttar Pradesh.


224 Pages | ISBN13 9780143427995
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Tanuja Chandra
Tanuja Chandra
After receiving a BA degree in English Literature in Mumbai, Tanuja Chandra completed a Master of Fine Arts degree in film direction and writing in the USA. She returned to India, and directed shows and films for television, after which, she co-wrote the screenplay and dialogues for Mahesh Bhatt’s films Zakhm and Tamanna, and co-wrote Yash Chopra’s Dil Toh Pagal Hai. She began directing feature films in 1998 with Dushman, and made Sangharsh, Sur, and the English-language film Hope and a Little Sugar, among others. Her films have received awards in various categories and her English film received recognition in international film festivals. Through her career, she has regularly written articles for newspapers and magazines on social subjects, current topics and film.
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