Mahanadi: The Tale of a River

Author:

Anita Agnihotri

Publisher:

Niyogi Books

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Publisher

Niyogi Books

Publication Year 2021
ISBN-13

9789389136791

ISBN-10 9389136792
Binding

Hardcover

Number of Pages 488 Pages
Language (English)
Weight (grms) 650

 


 


One of the largest rivers of India, Mahanadi originates from the foothills of the Sihaoa mountain of Chhattisgarh and flows for a thousand kilometres through Chhattisgarh and Odisha, finally immersing in the Bay of Bengal at Jagatsinghpur. But its journey never ends, as it flows daily from the plateau to the forest to the ravine to the plains. It unites with the sea every day. At every new turn, it leaves behind scores of villages, towns and cities. The din and bustle of a mofussil town, the solitary life in a standalone village, people’s struggle for survival, the episodes of their joys and sorrows, the sighs of the displaced people of Sambalpur during the building of the Hirakud dam mixes with the cries of the endangered people on the banks when the river overflows. 


  


In this novel, the tale of the river is entwined with the people through vignettes of their dynamic lives that are infused with myths, legends and archaeological anecdotes. Characters like Malati Gond, Neelkantha, Kuber, Bhanu Shitulia, Parvati and others might never meet each other, but the story of their lives will remain strung together by the common thread of the ever-flowing Mahanadi.


 


The chronicle of Mahanadi is a journey through travails and misfortunes into life’s joys and mysterious beauty.


 

Anita Agnihotri

Anita Agnihotri was born in Kolkata and studied economics at the Universities of Calcutta and East Anglia. She joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1980 and retired after three and a half decades as a Secretary to the Government of India. She has published over thirty books, and her literary oeuvre spans poetry, novels, short stories, writing for children and critiques of development. She has won numerous literary awards in Bengal, including the Sarat Puraskar, the Pratibha Basu Sahitya Puraskar and the Bhuban Mohini Dasi Gold Medal from the University of Kolkata. Her collection of stories, Seventeen, translated by Arunava Sinha, won the Economist Crossword Book Award for Indian Language Translation in 2011. Her writing has been translated into several Indian languages and also German and Swedish. Arunava Sinha translates Bengali fiction, poetry and non-fiction into English, and fiction from other languages into Bengali. More than sixty of his translations have been published so far in India, the UK and the USA. He teaches Creative Writing at Ashoka University.
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