Grey Areas: An Anthology of Contemporary Indian Fiction on Ageing

Hardcover | September 1, 2009

EditorIra Raja

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This anthology broadly focuses on the question of ageing by bringing together an impressive range of stories and poems from across the Indian languages. It constructs a comprehensive collection of representational writings on ageing from contemporary India while drawing attention to thecentral importance of age as a category of identity that is complex, fragmented, dispersed, multiple, contested, and conflictual. The six sections in which the stories and poems are categorized are relevant to both a sense of the content and to the experience of ageing in India. The wide range of stories included here look at ageing from the multiple, overlapping perspectives of intergenerational relations, homes, belongings,poverty, dislocation, memory, madness, nation, illness, and death.With a detailed introduction by the editor, Ira Raja, this well-thought-out, well-structured, and superbly-chosen collection represents some of the best contemporary writers from across the Indian languages. It will make an extremely valuable addition to the anthologies of contemporary Indianwriting on a topic that is of particular interest to the academia at this time. It will not only appeal to the general reader with an interest in South Asia, its literature, culture, and society, but also to specialists in gerontology.

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This anthology broadly focuses on the question of ageing by bringing together an impressive range of stories and poems from across the Indian languages. It constructs a comprehensive collection of representational writings on ageing from contemporary India while drawing attention to thecentral importance of age as a category of identit...

Ira Raja is Assistant Professor in the Department of English, University of Delhi, and Postdoctoral Fellow, La Trobe University, Australia. She has co-edited (along with John Thieme), The Table is Laid: The Oxford Anthology of South Asian Food Writing (OUP 2006).
Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.01 inPublished:September 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195689587

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IntroductionPart I: Homes, BelongingsBibhutibhushan Bandopadhyaya: 'Drabomoyee Goes to Kashi'Ayyappa Paniker: 'The Old Woman in the New House'Chaganti Tulasi: 'Sun-stroke'Ismat Chughtai: 'Tiny's Granny'Nahal Chaman: 'The Womb'Part II: GenerationsNemade Bhalchandra: 'Granny'S. Diwakar: 'The Vow'H.R. Harnot: 'Ma Reads'Rohinton Mistry: 'Family Matters'Vasanthi: 'Murder'Gyanranjan: 'Father'Part III: Poverty, Dislocation, AbandonmentRituraj: 'An Old Man Buying Apples for his Son'Ajit Cour: 'Maami'Arun Kolatkar: 'An Old Woman'Bhisham Sahni: 'Chacha Mangal Sain'Amitav Ghosh: 'Winter in Calcutta'Part IV: Love, Sexuality, TransgressionGirish Karnad: 'Yayati'Pratibha Ray: 'The Transgression'Priyamvad: 'The Bed'Sara Rai: 'Honeymoon'Part V: Memory, Madness, NationAbdul Bismillah: 'The Second Shock'Ved Rahi: 'Deserted'Saadat Hasan Manto: 'Khuda ki Kasam'Dhoomil: 'The City, Evening, and an Old Man: Me'T. Janakiraman: 'The Puppet'Krishna Baldev Vaid: 'Our Old Woman'Part VI: Living, DyingBijay Prasad Mahapatra: 'Unseasonal Pineapple'K. Satchidanandan: 'Genesis'Dilip Chitre: 'Death of Grandmother'O.V. Vijayan: 'Going Back'Buddhadeva Bose: 'The Aged Poet'Notes on ContributorsAcknowledgements