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The Saga Of Satisar

The Saga Of Satisar

  • Author: Chandrakanta, Ranjana Kaul
  • Publisher: Zubaan
  • ISBN: 9789381017630
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This magnificent, sprawling novel, a classic of Hindi literature, spans almost an entire century in the lives of several families and generations of Kashmiri Hindus and Muslims. As it opens, Lalli, in her seventh month of pregnancy, is preparing to leave for her married home for the traditional curd ceremony. The constellation of planets is right and the moment is auspicious, it must not be lost. But even as her family prepares for her departure, there is fear in their hearts, storm clouds darken the sky and there is news of political disturbances in the city. Between them, the midwife, Khurshid and Rehman, the ensure that Lalli is safely brought to her destination and even that the pots of curd are the story unfolds, the ties between Kashmir's close-knit communities slowly begin to unravel. The politics of religion and religious identity, take centre stage and begin to spread their insidious poison in people’s lives. At the end of the novel Lalli, now a grandmother, sees a world in which the much-loved, a shared and intermeshed heritage, seems little more than a distant memory. A passionate cry for a lost legacy, Magnum Opus, winner of both the prestigious Vyas Samman and the Mahatma Gandhi Sahitya Samman, is a must-read for those interested in the story and history of Kashmir.

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Chandrakanta / fiction / hindi / indian / Kashmir / Ranjana Kaul / translation /