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Diddi: My Mother's Voice
by Ira Pande
Perhaps because we called our mother Diddi, elder sister, our relationship with her was always somewhat ambivalent. More than a mother she was for us a difficult sibling, an eccentric, much older sister who belonged to a different generation. Attempting to unravel the enigma that was her mother, Ira Pande trawls through her writings to recall the life and times of a mother ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Penguin Books
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This is a biography of one of my favorite hindi authors. I have loved Shivani's work. She helps me understand the rural and semi urban diaspora of Indian household, small town living, affluent living and I am particularly interested in the layers of complexities that appear in her women characters as the class in which they are bought up and then get married to changes. The changes that it brings in her relationships. The value complexes, traps, and struggles of her women protagonist who almost ...more
Ira Pande is a well-known editor who has worked with Seminar, Biblio, Dorling Kindersley and Roli Books. She is currently chief editor, IIC Publications. She is the author of Diddi: My Mother’s Voice and has recently translated Shivani’s Apradhini: Women without Men.More about Ira Pande...