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Morning Glory in East-of-Kailash

Morning Glory in East-of-Kailash

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Manjula Padmanabhan
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In 1981, Manjula Padmanabhan spent a month in Delhi, living in a barsati in East-of-Kailash in what can only be described as surreal circumstances. As Padmanabhan was about to learn, living with two gay men (one of them, a fellow artist and alcoholic), their (unofficially) adopted Nepali son, a transvestite (bordering on perverse) cook, two spaniels and a Chihuahua (in heat) is far from standard.

The house that had so far been an all-male ménage soon shifts in varying degrees in the presence of an unambiguous, ‘normal’ female. But there is and always has been a deep undercurrent of pathos constantly fed by the recurring characters making an appearance upon the barsati’s peculiar stage. It is a month that doesn’t go by as quickly as a month normally does but it is one full of revelations—for Padmanabhan and her housemates.

Morning Glory in East-of-Kailash is Manjula Padmanabhan’s most non-fictional fiction piece. Almost a semi-fictional essay, this short but poignant read is as rewarding as it is beautifully written.

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Jan/2018

Length : 15 Pages

MRP : ₹15.00

Morning Glory in East-of-Kailash

(Penguin Petit)

Manjula Padmanabhan

In 1981, Manjula Padmanabhan spent a month in Delhi, living in a barsati in East-of-Kailash in what can only be described as surreal circumstances. As Padmanabhan was about to learn, living with two gay men (one of them, a fellow artist and alcoholic), their (unofficially) adopted Nepali son, a transvestite (bordering on perverse) cook, two spaniels and a Chihuahua (in heat) is far from standard.

The house that had so far been an all-male ménage soon shifts in varying degrees in the presence of an unambiguous, ‘normal’ female. But there is and always has been a deep undercurrent of pathos constantly fed by the recurring characters making an appearance upon the barsati’s peculiar stage. It is a month that doesn’t go by as quickly as a month normally does but it is one full of revelations—for Padmanabhan and her housemates.

Morning Glory in East-of-Kailash is Manjula Padmanabhan’s most non-fictional fiction piece. Almost a semi-fictional essay, this short but poignant read is as rewarding as it is beautifully written.

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Manjula Padmanabhan

Manjula Padmanabhan (b. 1953), is a writer and artist living in New Delhi. Her books include Hot Death, Cold Soup (Kali for Women, 1996), Getting There (Picador India, 1999) and This is Suki! (Duckfoot Press, 2000). Harvest (Kali for Women, 1998 and subsequently in three separate international anthologies), her fifth play, won the 1997 Onassis Award for Theatre. She has illustrated twenty-two books for children including, most recently, her own first novel for children, Mouse Attack (Macmillan Children's Books, UK, 2003; Picador India, 2004). Her comic strips appeared weekly in The Sunday Observer (Bombay, 1982-86) and daily in The Pioneer (New Delhi, 1991-97). Her most recent exhibition was of etchings and lithographs (London, December 2003).

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