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Women’s stories in India have been handed down from generation to generation, enriched and embroidered along the way. Political change and the arrival of print culture meant that storytelling was pushed into the background. But in more recent times, these voices have once again come centre-stage – confident, varied and complex.
Spanning half a century, this collection covers many languages and cultures, and reflects the vast and complex cultures of the country and its diaspora. It offers a view of the changes that have taken place, both in terms of the subjects women choose to write about and their preferred way of writing about these subjects. From established names such as Mahashveta Devi to the newer generation of young authors, such as Tishani Doshi, Katha brings to the reader a vivid array of voices.
About the Contributors
Urvashi Butalia is a publisher and writer based in India. She is co-founder of Kali for Women, India's first feminist publishing house, and is now director of Zubaan, an imprint of Kali. She has published many books, including the award-winning The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India. She has co-edited In Other Words: Women's Writing from India, Truth Tales: Stories from India and The Slate of Life. She is also the editor of Katha: Short Stories by Indian Women and The Inner Line: Women's Stories from India.