The great Indian heroine
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.