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The Inner Courtyard: Stories By Indian Women

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  88 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
From the mass of Indian short fiction by women writing in India,Britain and America,here is a constellation of some of the most dazzling stories.A Spectrum of voices and an abundance of forms - from the ghost story to the animal fable - are all anchored in experiences of a multicultural and multilingual sub-continent.The overlapping worlds of tradition and skepticism,of co ...more
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by South Asia Books (first published 1994)
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Oct 09, 2012 Chris rated it it was ok
Well written but frankly left me wandering lost far outside my cultural milieu without even a signpost to guide me. Which made me think that the Indian writers I've loved (like Rushdie, Roy and Indian-Canadian Anita Rau Badami) are maybe writing with a more western audience in mind, or are masters of bridging cultural gaps. Or, I might just not be smart enough for this book.
Naomi Nair
Apr 20, 2015 Naomi Nair rated it it was amazing
17 authors, 17 stories, 17 distinct styles of writing and one hell of a read! This is by far, one of the best books I have read and made feel like I am part of their stories! I could relate to most all the characters, sympathize and empathize with a lot of them and feel their pain! It made me question and rethink my view on so many things I have taken for granted in my life! Though all the stories were really good and well written, some of the stories that caught my eye are "Revenge Herself, The ...more
Nikita Deepak
Oct 01, 2015 Nikita Deepak rated it really liked it
I want to read this book
Nandita Venkatesan
Jun 25, 2015 Nandita Venkatesan rated it really liked it
I generally lean more towards short stories, and this an amazing book. An engaging collection of some of the finest Indian women writers. Every short story conveys a strong message. Selection, compilation and translation by Laxmi hölmstrom is perfect.
Jan 02, 2008 Chika rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
A fantastic collection of stories written in many different styles. It helps to have a brief knowledge/understanding on Indian history and culture to truly understand some of the stories, but it can also serve as an introduction to help you focus on a particular time/aspect of history and culture.
Naveen Sunag
Jul 07, 2012 Naveen Sunag rated it really liked it
Some Really outstanding contribution by women writers of the indian sub continent. Worth reading.
Gurdeep Singh
Mar 04, 2016 Gurdeep Singh rated it it was amazing
Some of the best pieces of writing I've ever read in my life. An exquisite collection.
Anuradha Miraji
Sep 10, 2013 Anuradha Miraji rated it liked it
Very good writing. 'The Library Girl' one of the short stories here is very good.
Oct 25, 2013 Amalia added it
Short stories by some great Indian women...worth a read.
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