Authored By: Bhanumati Mishra
Year of Publication: 2017
|Pages: 84||Binding: Paperback(PB)|
Category: Poetry, Fiction and Short Stories
|Price in Rs. 175.00||Price in (USA) $. 14|
Echoes of Silence is a collection of short stories by Bhanumati Mishra. It’s a sensitive portrayal of a woman’s socio-cultural positioning and her world changed by circumstance, fate and destiny. Caught up in life’s vicissitudes, the female protagonist often finds herself at a poignant moment in this journey. Inspired by Maupassant and O. Henry, each tale has a twist of epiphany at the end. With mostly a rural or small-town setting, each story comes with a different regional milieu, reflecting the cultural potpourri called India. The simple but moving narration covers a range of topics from female foeticide, militancy to gender discrimination and human desire. One can trace a common thread of psychological conflict through the carefully drawn characters –Zavia, a young Kashmiri girl, accidentally recognizes her brother who turned a terrorist ; middle-aged Manasi, a Bengali housewife, whose chance meeting with a stranger helps her rediscover her musical self. Echoes of Silence is a glimpse into the interior landscape of women and their unique responses to life’s challenges.
Bhanumati Mishrateaches EnglishLiterature at Banaras Hindu University. She is a poet, painter and translator. She regularly contributes tovarious publications including The Hindu and Hindustan Times.Her short stories, book reviews, poems and translations can be found in national and international journals like TBR, Critical Flame, Asymptote, Nether, Cha, Ashvamegh and Muse India. Her focus is on Indian literature, performance studies and translations with special reference to women, ecology and culture. Her writings are marked with deep insight, empathy, and humour,blending the weft of reality with the warp of imagination. Her first book is titled Amitav Ghosh and his Oeuvre and is presently working on her debut novel. She lives in chaotic but mystic Varanasi, with her husband, children and the city’s perennially-dug roads.