ISBN 9789383074099,A Rag Doll for My Heart

A Rag Doll for My Heart


Zubaan Books



Zubaan Books

Publication Year 2015

ISBN 9789383074099

ISBN-10 9383074094


Number of Pages 100 Pages
Language (English)
First published in Marathi in 1966, this unique novella in free verse tells an age-old story- that of a womans deep desire to be a mother Setting out life as a game in which the moves are predetermined, and yet where rules exist only to be twisted, perhaps negotiated, sometimes even changed, Anuradha Vaidya deftly engages the reader in a sort of play, suggesting a joining of the dots, a connecting of line endings that lead the reader deeper into the story.

As the story traces a relationship that begins with unquestioning love that, over time, transforms into tension and distance, the reader is encouraged to linger, or jump back and forth across stanzas and lines, to navigate, interpret, and savour the beauty of the expression, both in the turn of phrase and the coinage of new words.

The sheer beauty of the almost allegorical imagery of life as a game played on the worldly board by people who are actually pawns, marks every page of this poetic narrative.