Mahanadi: The Tale of a River

Mahanadi: The Tale of a River

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  • ISBN: 9789389136791
  • Author: Anita Agnihotri and Nivedita Sen
  • Publisher: Niyogi Books Pvt. Ltd.
  • Pages: 448
  • Format: Hardback

Book Description

Anita Agnihotri, winner of economist crossword Award, has written mahanadi which is as epical as the ceaseless flow of a great river. In this novel, The chronicle of the river is entwined with the people through vignettes of their dynamic lives that are infused with myths, legends and archaeological anecdotes. As a novel, mahanadi is as epical as the ceaseless flow of a great river. The author sensitively evokes in graphic detail the reality of the lives of the people living on the riverbanks. The river mahanadi forms the crux of the narrative, being both the central character and the primary subject. One of the largest rivers of India, mahanadi originates from the foothills of the sihaoa mountain of Chandigarh and flows for a thousand kilometres through Chandigarh and Odisha, finally immersing in the Bay of Bengal at jagatsinghpur. But its journey never ends, as it flows daily from the plateau to the forest to the ravine to the plains. It unites with the sea every day. At every new turn, it leaves behind scores of villages, towns and cities. The din and bustle of a mofussil town, the solitary life in a stand alone village, people struggle for survival, the episodes of their joys and sorrows, the sighs of the displaced people of sambalpur during the building of the hirakud dam mixes with the cries of the endangered people on the banks when the river overflows. In this novel, The tale of the river is entwined with the people through vignettes of their dynamic lives that are infused with myths, legends and archaeological anecdotes. Characters like Malati Gond, neelkantha, kuber, Bhanu shitulia, Parvati and others might never meet each other, But the story of their lives will remain strung together by the common thread of the ever-flowing mahanadi. The chronicle of mahanadi is a journey through travails and misfortunes into life’s joys and mysterious beauty.

About the Author

Anita Agnihotri writes in Bengali in a wide variety of genres including poetry, novels, short stories and children’s literature. She has received several prestigious awards, such as the Bangiya Sahitya Parishad Award and the Bhuban Mohini Dasi Gold Medal conferred by Calcutta University. Her collection of stories Seventeen received the Economist Crossword Award in 2011. Her latest collection of short stories in translation is A Day in the Life of Mangal Taram (Niyogi Books). Anita’s writing explores the vast and complex Indian reality, many facets of human relations, and brings out the unheard voices of the marginalized and the underprivileged, and has been translated into several Indian languages, in English, and also in German and Swedish. She joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1980 and served as Secretary to the Government of India in a distinguished career spanning three-and-a-half decades. Translator Nivedita Sen teaches English Literature in Hansraj College, University of Delhi. Her research has focused on Bangla children’s literature but she also works on other popular genres, apart from Indian writing in English, post-colonial fiction and translation studies. She has translated Tagore’s Ghare Baire, and stories by Syed Mustafa Siraj, Leela Majumdar and others.

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