ISBN 9789381017852,The Blue-Necked God

The Blue-Necked God


Zubaan Books



Zubaan Books

Publication Year 2013

ISBN 9789381017852

ISBN-10 9381017859


Number of Pages 216 Pages
Language (English)


The Blue-necked God (Nilakantha Braja), published in 1976, is one of Indira Goswamis early novels and the first time that a writer highlighted the exploitation and poverty of widows, dumped in a sacred city to eke out their days in prayer by uncaring, callous families under the guise of religious sanction and tradition. It was a book that raised many eyebrows when it was first published for this amazing narrative combined fact and fiction, autobiography and reflection in a fascinating mix as she tried to depict the confusion and the mental agony she herself experienced after the death of her husband through her character Saudamini.

The physical, emotional, financial deprivation faced by the young widow has been woven into a perceptive text that drew on the authors own research and experiences as she roamed the streets of Vrindavan and exposed, for the first time, the uglier side of the city and its traditions.