Different Women, Different Worlds: Ten Short Stories by Odia Women Writers

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Author: Seemita Mohanty (translator)
Pages: 124
Year of Publication: 2013
Price: Rs 250
978-93-5045-059-8 (9789350450598)

About the Translator:
Dr Seemita Mohanty is an Associate Professor in English in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, Odisha. Her research interests include Indian English literature, English Language Teaching and Linguistics. She has published one book of criticism, A Critical Analysis of Vikram Seth’s Poetry and Fiction (2007) and regularly translates from Odia into English. She is a recipient of the Homi Bhabha Fellowship, awarded by the Homi Bhabha Fellowships Council, Mumbai.

This book is a collection of English translations of short stories written by ten contemporary Odia women writers, encompassing a period of forty years. It offers a wonderful introduction to the depth and vastness of Odia writing for English readers. In her preface to the book, Dr Mohanty elaborates: “The chosen stories speak about normal day-to-day existence reflecting the intricacies and complexities involved in diverse human relationships. They touch upon such basic human feelings like hunger, desire, sexuality, trust, betrayal. They reflect the dilemma and social struggles that women have to endure for a better life and living, revealing a universal picture of female frailty and strength as the protagonists struggle with themselves and society in varying contexts.”


Preface / 9

Interval (Madhyāntar) / 13
Binapani Mohanty

Immortal (Amara) / 26
Pratibha Ray

Onlooker (Dekhanāhāri) / 34
Yashodhara Mishra

The Mountain That Burns (Jali Jali Jāuthibā Pāhāda) / 44
Gayatri Saraf

Just a Picture (Chitratie) / 57
Swarna Devi

Panipat (Pānipatha) / 66
Supriya Panda

A Different Kunti (Bhina Eka Kunti) / 79
Rashmi Roul

Opportunity for Love (Pranayajoga) / 87
Jayanti Rath

Earthen Doll (Māti Kandhei) / 94
Susmita Bagchi

Friend (Sangini) / 105
Paramita Satapathy

Biographical Sketches / 119

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