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Basanti

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Novel on a low-caste teen-age girl brought up in a Delhi basti; translated from Hindi. by a world-class Indian author, builds on earlier works such as Tamas
Hardcover, 174 pages
Published February 1st 1997 by Study O (first published January 1st 1982)
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Divya Nambiar
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
A tale that makes a mark upon your heart in its utmost simplicity - by way of words, emotions and the description of the lives of the characters. As simple as it may seem, it delves into some of the big problems faced by the poor- the fear of displacement, a sense of security and the feeling of "arriving home" when forced to live a nomadic life.

Basanti is the soul of the tale. It's her tale and the tale of many others like her who live their lives with an infectious laughter at the most unlikeli
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Saket Suman
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
There is something extraordinary about reading classics. It's a compelling affair between the reader and the text. And the text is no ordinary -- classics survive all trials of time and in the process of attaining the undisputable stature, they often pass through several stages. The first, of course, being the very moot of going into print. The road to publishing is not a bed of roses and classics perhaps face the sternest eye of publishers. Unsure of their commercial viability, many of them tak ...more
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Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it
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Bhisham Sahni and his true landscape description of the society, gives us another piece of excellent writing. His keen sense of finding a story in the obvious reminds me of the serials Hum Log and Nukkad from the 80s. On a daily basis we see our housemaids working, but what we fail to observe is the complexity of their lives. Whether her parents love her, whether her husbands wants and treasures her, how does she live, does she have a roof on her head, how she manages her ends in a city where yo ...more
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Bhisham Sahni (भीषम साहनी) was a hindi writer, playwright, and actor, most famous for his novel and television screenplay Tamas ("Darkness"), a powerful and passionate account of the Partition of India. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan for literature in 1998, and Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 2002. ...more
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