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    The intense story of a sensitive young wife torn between the desire to abandon the boredom and hypocrisy of her middle class and ostensibly comfortable existence, and the realization that he bonds that bind her to it cannot easily be broken.
    ISBN: 8122200885


    Plain, unmarriageable uma has failed to outgrow her childhood home, with its bittersweet treats of puri-alu and barfi. Overprotected and starved for a life, she is smothered by her overbearing parents, successful sister aruna and arun, the family’s disappointment of a son. Across the world in massachusetts, where arun has gone as a student, family life in an american suburb is bewilderingly different. The pattons, who he lives with, appear strange and terrible. The women don’t appear to cook at all, though they stuff their shopping carts, the men barbecue huge chunks of meat, their daughter binges on innumerable candy bars. Increasingly, mrs patton is desperate to be a vegetarian, like arun. But what arun wants most is to be invisible. Moving from a traditional indian household to an american one, fasting, feasting is a powerful exploration of hunger and plenty and one of anita desai’s most socially acute novels.
    ISBN: 9788184000580


    Desai creates unforgettable moments, both visual and emotional.’ DailyTelegraphBuried resentments, unexpected disappointments, new friendships, small acts of cruelty,journeys that take you back to where you started. With trademark compassion and tenderirony, Anita Desai’s short stories give us familiar worlds made unfamiliar, to wonderfuleffect. An ageing couple is stranded in a stultifying Delhi summer by the visit of arogueish old Oxford friend, who trades on his charm; an American woman turns to hippiesliving in the Indian hills, homesick for the farmlands of Vermont; a dog terrorizes theneighbourhood but is cherished by his stern master; a Delhi girl of slender means fi nds anew kind of freedom with her young friends, in her barsati home; a peaceful game of hideand seek turns into a nightmare; a businessman sees his own death.

    For the fi rst time ever,in one masterly volume, here are Anita Desai’s collected stories – from her very fi rst storyto her most recent one, published this year.’Exquisite… stories whose beauty is in the detail, and their knowledge of the humanpsyche. They sparkle, not with the brash glitter of rhinestones, but with the intenser, morecomplex fi re of real diamonds.’ The Times
    ISBN: 9788184000566


    A Classic of Our Time.

    Untouched by the twentieth century, Thul, the small fishing village near Bombay, is still ruled by the age-old seasonal rhythms. Hari and Lila have lived in the village all their lives, but their family is now desperately down on its luck. Their father drinks; their mother is seriously ill; and there is no money to keep them fed and clothed.

    Delicately and exquisitely executed, Anita Desai’s gentle and probing story traces the evolution of Hari and Lila into adults as each of them faces the family’s predicament – just as the first signs of industrial India creep into their village.

    ISBN: 9780143335498 – Paperback
    Publisher: PUFFIN BOOKS
    ISBN: 9780143335498
    Publisher: PUFFIN BOOKS