By Attia Hosain
Rs.350 pp 234
Author of the classic Sunlight on a Broken Column, Attia Hosain (1913-1998), who was deeply affected by the independence struggle and the Partition, moved to England in 1947.
One of the best pieces in this collection of previously unpublished work examines the alienation of a man far from home.
Other stories explore the lives of the poor, of domestic help and the complex relationships they share with those they serve.
Enriched by a rare empathy, Distant Traveller will make you wish, once again, that Hosain had left more of her writing for readers to savour.
Remember To Forget
By Neel Kamal Puri
Rs.250 pp 187
Neel Kamal Puri’s second book after The Patiala Quartet is so good, a couple of pages into it, you wonder why she isn’t more famous.
It’s a feeling that grows as you devour this slim novel that balances a sharp wit with a sensitive exploration of the psychological devastation wreaked by the anti-Sikh pogrom of 1984 and the insurgency that stifled life in Punjab.
Puri has a light touch even when she’s writing about disappearances and mob violence and her cast of characters stays with you long after you have put the book down.