The Roof Beneath Their Feet

Author:

Geetanjali Shree

Publisher:

Harper Collins

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Publisher

Harper Collins

ISBN-13

9789350296196

ISBN-10 9350296195
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 176 Pages
Language (English)
Dimensions (Cms) 19.8 x 12.8 x 1
Weight (grms) 141

Roofs are meant for wild things. They are meant for romance and play. A place to dry pickles and grains while exchanging gossip about quiet caresses.But above all, they are realms of freedom.  This is the story of Chachcho and Lalna and their much- talked-about friendship. Chachcho lives with her frigid husband in Laburnum House, a cluster of a hundred or more houses that share a common roof. She leads a lonely life until she takes in Lalna, who's been dumped by her husband. Their closeness makes many uncomfortable. Then suddenly one day, Lalna has to leave, to return only after Chachcho's passing. There are rumours and there is gossip in the neighbourhood while Chachcho's nephew tries to piece together his memories of the two women, one of whom is his mother. The truth he is searching for could destroy him forever, but to not find out is no longer an option.  A beautifully crafted story with many twists and turns, The Roof Beneath Their Feet is easily one of the best contemporary Hindi novels you  have read in a long time.

Geetanjali Shree

Geetanjali Shree writes novels and short stories in Hindi. Mai was her debut novel, this translation receiving the Sahitya Akademi award. Her much-acclaimed novels Tirohit and Khali jagah have also been translated into English as The Roof Beneath Her Feet and The Empty Space respectively. Her novel Hamara shahar us baras is considered an important intervention on the issue of communal relations in India, particularly in the aftermath of the demolition in Ayodhya. Her writings have been translated into multiple European and Indian languages and are a part of the syllabus in many universities across the world. Geetanjali has written an intellectual biography of Premchand in English. She is also involved with theatre in Delhi, mostly with the well-known group Vivadi, devising adventurous scripts, such as on Umrao Jan Ada, the courtesan from Lucknow and on Jaishankar Sundari, the male actor from Gujarat who played the female lead and was hugely popular. These plays have been performed widely in India and abroad. 
 

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