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Our Non-Veg Cow and Other Stories

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In this volume Mahasweta Devi reveals a fresh new face to those who know her only from her hardhitting socially committed writing.
Hardcover, 115 pages
Published December 28th 2000 by Seagull Books Pvt. Ltd. (first published December 2000)
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Shikha Sreenivas
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
BRILLIANT! This book made me nostalgic for a childhood I've never had. I even cried often, at parts that you might not expect someone to cry, just because I suddenly felt the despair and grief of a passed childhood, of dead siblings. Beautiful book. Filled me with so many emotions.
Advait
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful surprise to find this collection by Mahasweta Devi. Irreverent short tall tales written in the late 60s that use nostalgia and her family as a springboard to launch into long-lost worlds. Nyadosh the fish-and-meat loving cow, the cheetah who lets himself be killed to make Jim Corbett famous, Chattrapati Shivaji juxtaposed with a modern-day 'seller of umbrellas'... the cast of characters here would no doubt be politicized and 'symbolized' by the zealots of today's India. As in th ...more
Advait Ubhayakar
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful surprise to find these short stories by Mahasweta Devi. Irreverent short tall tales written in the late 60s that use nostalgia and her family as a springboard to launch into long-lost worlds. The cast of characters here - Nyadosh the fish-and-meat loving cow, the cheetah who lets himself be killed to make Jim Corbett famous, Chattrapati Shivaji juxtaposed with a modern-day seller of umbrellas - would no doubt be politicized and 'symbolized' by the zealots of today's India. Withi ...more
Nirupama Kotru
A lovely collection of short stories.With their vivid description of life in Bengal, the stories entice and entertain .An Eastern equivalent of RKNarayan's Malgudi tales; of course the latter had the advantage of being written in English.The translation is excellent, though.
Some of these stories appeared in the children's magazine "Sandesh", which published excellent stories by Satyajit Ray, among others.
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Mahasweta Devi was an Indian social activist and writer. She was born in 1926 in Dhaka, to literary parents in a Hindu Brahmin family. Her father Manish Ghatak was a well-known poet and novelist of the Kallol era, who used the pseudonym Jubanashwa. Mahasweta's mother Dharitri Devi was also a writer and a social worker.

She joined the Rabindranath Tagore-founded Vishvabharati University in Santinik
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