The great In­dian hero­ine

Mid Day - - CITY -

There’s noth­ing as ex­cit­ing as look­ing for­ward to a book from a fine writer. And, when this per­son hap­pens to be Mumbai’s good ol’ mulga, Ki­ran Na­garkar, there’s only more rea­son to jump with glee. Na­garkar’s de­li­cious and tongue-in-cheek writ­ing apart, fans of his famed Ra­van and Ed­die se­ries, have been wait­ing with bated breath for the vet­eran to churn out an­other page-turner. His new novel ti­tled Ja­soda (HarperCollins In­dia), which is slated for a Novem­ber re­lease, takes us into the drought-rid­den vil­lage of Paar.

When this di­arist reached out to the vet­eran, he spilled the beans on his pro­tag­o­nist, the epony­mous Ja­soda. “This is a woman who is ab­so­lutely heroic, and is to­tally unaware of it,” he says. “I have lived with Ja­soda [the char­ac­ter and the book] for 20 years, but I left her in be­tween for a very long time till a friend read the first 70 pages of what I had writ­ten, and en­quired why I had left her. That’s how I went back to her again.” The re­sult is an epic jour­ney of a woman, who we hear, will bring to mind the le­gendary tale of Odysseus from Homer’s Odyssey.

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