Sikandar Chowk - Park

Neelum Saran Gour



Gour is a composed writer with a sure sense of the language and a keen understanding of the human mind’—The Economic Times After a bomb blast rips through Sikandar Chowk Park, Allahabad, killing fifty-seven people, a journalist pieces together the lives of eleven of the dead from the heap of mutilated bodies.

Among them a self-effacing music teacher who won’t go abroad on a fellowship because of his family of stray dogs; an Anglo-Indian widow coping with the knowledge of her husband’s infidelity thirty-five years ago; a precocious ‘problem’ child;

 a firebrand feminist confronting the sexual misdemeanors of her friend’s husband; and a young Dalit woman who defies her marriage and her society and enters into a relationship with an unemployed Brahmin boy—all ordinary people leading ordinary lives in a quintessential mofussil Indian township.

Neelam Saran Gourd’s vibrant prose conjures up a multitude of characters involved in a maze of relationships, and the dynamics of events which propel them to Sikandar Chowk Park on the fateful day. In the process, she crafts a tale at once poignant and witty which ingeniously addresses contemporary issues of communal and caste prejudices, bigotry and faith, forgiveness and redemption.

Language English
ISBN-10 0-14-400021-0
ISBN-13 978-0144000210
No of pages 286
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Book Publisher Penguin India
Published Date 16 Aug 2005

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