Author: Basudeb Chakraborti

Feisty, Controversial and Soft Porn Writer Shobha De showcases Multi-dimensional Images of Indian Elitist Women in her Novels

Reading Time: 4 minutesControversial and feisty novelist Shobha De. She wears many hats, a model, magazine editor, wife, mother, columnist, a celebrity in the world of journalism, a commentator on various social issues, a feminist, sometimes a writer of soft porn, a symbol of sex, a delineator of the images of the elitist woman of the contemporary Indian […]

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Novelist Manju Kapur Exposes the Reality of Generation Gap after 1947

Reading Time: 5 minutesBasudeb features Manju Kapur, a post-1947 novelist, an important feminist writer. He critiques her novels, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. One of the most important features of the Indian woman novelists in English after 1947 is that most of them are well exposed to the western culture and civilisation. Though the fact is […]

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Gita Mehta: Exposing the Commodification of the Millennium-old Indian Values by the West

Reading Time: 4 minutesGita Mehta’s fictional writings are a revolt against the Western way of looking at Indian life and culture. An important post-colonial Indian woman writer, she is dogma free to receive and internalise epoch-making ideas of the West. At the same time, she is a staunch votary of India’s millennium old tradition and culture. Basudeb profiles […]

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Shashi Deshpande: An Indian Woman Novelist in Search of a Feminist Identity

Reading Time: 5 minutesShashi Deshpande is a feminist novelist supporting primarily the manifesto of the feminist movement of the early sixties and the late seventies of the last century. Basudeb profiles the contemporary Indian woman novelist, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. In the literary galaxy of the last half of the twentieth century, one of […]

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Some Eclipsed Women Novelists after Indian Independence

Reading Time: 6 minutesBasudeb talks about lesser known women novelists in post-Independent India. He tells us about Shakuntala Shrinagesh, Santa Rama Rau, Vimala Raina, and Muriel Washi, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Under the Banyan tree, other trees cannot grow. The stalwarts like Raja Rao, Mulk Raj Anand, R.K.Narayan, and Khushwant Singh, Chaman Nahal, Bhabani […]

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Nayantara Sahgal: A Novelist of the Indian Corridors of Political Power

Reading Time: 5 minutesBasudeb profiles Nayantara Sahgal, the second daughter of Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (sister of Jawaharlal Nehru). An important woman novelist of the 20th century, she penned many political novels too, having seen and experienced it closely. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.   Nayantara Sahgal was the first Indian woman novelist, who could […]

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Anita Dasai: A Multi-talented Woman Novelist of the Twentieth Century India

Reading Time: 5 minutesBasudeb profiles an important novelist of the 20th century, Anita Desai, a celebrated writer and a polyglot, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Anita Desai (born 24th June, 1937, in Jaipur, India), a winner of Sahitya Academy Award, in 1978, and a winner of several International literary awards including Alberto Moravia Prize (1999), […]

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Attia Hosain: A Lone Sufferer in her Society

Reading Time: 3 minutesBasudeb profiles Attia Hosain, a Lucknow girl, who wrote few novels, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. In the galaxy of women novelists of the 20th century, Attia Hosain is one who writes a small number of fictional writings in English but who is, and perhaps will be, remembered as one of the […]

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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala: An Unsung Anglo-Indian Woman Novelist in the 20th Century

Reading Time: 4 minutes  Basudeb profiles Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, an unsung Anglo-Indian woman novelist, penned 18 novels, short stories, many screenplays, anthologies, and encyclopedias, etc., between 1955 and 2011. Known as the Indian Jane Austin, her writings show influences of many other novelists. Read more about her, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Another woman novelist who […]

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Kamala Markandaya: An Important Twentieth Century Indian Woman Novelist in English

Reading Time: 3 minutesBasudeb profiles one of the early woman novelists of India, Kamala Markandaya. A critique, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. The Bronte sisters, Mrs. Gaskell, Dorothy Richardson and Virginia Woolf come to our minds as the brilliant story tellers. It is very often believed that by nature and instinct women are inborn storytellers. […]

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