Mistress of Melodies features some of the strongest women in Indian fiction created by Nabendu Ghosh. It is a collection of short stories that tell the stories of women courtesans. Published by Speaking Tiger, the book hit the shelves in October 2020.
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In this book, Nabendu Ghosh traverses the streets of the ever-changing city of Calcutta to tell the stories of women—courtesans and those who engaged in sex-work—across generations. There is the innocent Chhaya, a widow who elopes and remarries only to be duped by her new husband. The gritty Basana, who sees the highs and lows of life after being drawn into prostitution as an adolescent. Hasina, the alluring baiji, who auctions her adolescent daughter’s virginity to the highest bidder and lives to regret it. The fierce Tagar who is abandoned when pregnant and is drawn into the world of prostitution, but leaves it to give love another chance. Fatima, a brave mother, who would rather sell her body than let hunger drive her and her son to their deaths. And finally, Gauhar Jaan, the songstress who enchants every man she meets but yearns for a true love who will accept her for who she is.
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#NewBookAlert Delighted to announce 'Mistress of Melodies' by #NabenduGhosh, edited by #RatnottamaSengupta. In these short stories, Nabendu Ghosh traverses the streets of the everchanging city of Calcutta to tell the stories of women—courtesans and those who engaged in sex-work—across generations. The book features a gripping foreword by @muzaffar.ali.kotwara. Poignant, evocative and intensely human, these stories give us some of the strongest women in Indian fiction created by #NabenduGhosh, the legendary screenwriter who scripted immortal classics such as 'Abhimaan', 'Devdas', and 'Bandini', among others. Order with us today! #Bookstagram #ShortStories #Translations #TranslatedBook
Poignant, evocative, and intensely human, Mistress of Melodies features some of the strongest women in Indian fiction created by Nabendu Ghosh, the legendary screenwriter who scripted immortal classics such as Abhimaan, Devdas, and Bandini, among others.
About the author
Nabendu Ghosh (1917-2007) was a dancer, novelist, short-story writer, film director, actor, and screenwriter. His oeuvre of work includes thirty novels and fifteen collections of short stories. As a scriptwriter, he penned cinematic classics such as Devdas, Bandini, Sujata, Parineeta, Majhli Didi, and Abhimaan. And, as part of a team of iconic film directors and actors, he was instrumental in shaping an entire age of Indian cinema. He was the recipient of numerous literary and film awards, including the Bankim Puraskar, the Bibhuti Bhushan Sahitya Arghya, the Filmfare Best Screenplay Award, and the National Film Award for Best First Film of a Director.