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Dewana, Khoimala and the Holy Banyan Tree

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The image of a love-crazed hero haunts Koimala, the gentle brahman girl, and her low-caste sweetheart, the young boatman, Golak, as they live out their doomed love story: doomed because social and religious taboos damn their forbidden love. In this masterful and deeply sensitive tale, Mahasweta Devi once again interweaves a social tapestry and the detail of human lives, cr ...more
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The trouble with classics is that we think we know them. Why bother to read them when we already know what they are "all about"? Mahasweta Devi - a beedi smoking Bengali communist - I thought I knew what i'd find in her books. And I was right - there is grinding poverty, patriarchal hypocrisy, rural inequalities, child marriage etc. But not in the way I expected them to be. I have always been suspicious of highly intense and naked displays of emotion. It reeks of Indian soap serials and masala m ...more
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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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