The Adivasi Will Not Dance: Stories Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar

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Published: September 30th 2015

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140 pages


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The Adivasi Will Not Dance: Stories  by  Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar

The Adivasi Will Not Dance: Stories by Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar
September 30th 2015 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 140 pages | ISBN: | 9.45 Mb

‘We are like toys—someone presses our “ON” button, or turns a key in our backsides, and we Santhals start beating rhythms on our tamak and tumdak, or blowing tunes on our tiriyo while someone snatches away our very dancing grounds. Tell me, am IMore‘We are like toys—someone presses our “ON” button, or turns a key in our backsides, and we Santhals start beating rhythms on our tamak and tumdak, or blowing tunes on our tiriyo while someone snatches away our very dancing grounds.

Tell me, am I wrong?’In this collection of stories, set in the fecund, mineral-rich hinterland and the ever-expanding, squalid towns of Jharkhand, Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar breathes life into a set of characters who are as robustly flesh and blood as the soil from which they spring, where they live, and into which they must sometimes bleed.Troupe-master Mangal Murmu refuses to perform for the President of India and is beaten down- Suren and Gita, a love-blind couple, wait with quiet desperation outside a neonatal ward, hoping—for different reasons—that their blue baby will turn pink- Panmuni and Biram Soren move to Vadodara in the autumn of their lives, only to find that they must stop eating meat to be accepted as citizens- Baso-jhi is the life of the village of Sarjomdih but, when people begin to die for no apparent reason, a ghastly accusation from her past comes back to haunt her- and Talamai Kisku of the Santhal Pargana, migrating to West Bengal in search of work, must sleep with a policeman for fifty rupees and two cold bread pakoras.The Adivasi Will Not Dance is a mature, passionate, intensely political book of stories, made up of the very stuff of life.

It establishes Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar as one of our most important contemporary writers.



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