Suspense and Obscurity
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Tell me a story book. So do they in Rupa Bajwa’s book. She is candid and compassionate.
Tell me a story book. The author who won the XXIV Grinzane Cavour Prize for best first novel in June 2005, the Commonwealth Award in 2005 and Sahitya Akademi Award in 2006, has given her readers another novel, one that has stories that reflect the chaos of life.
Tell me a story ' by Rupa Bajwa is set against the backdrop of a ladies beauty parlour in Amritsar, Punjab and the title of the book has a deeper meaning which comes to light as the narrative progresses. Tell Me A Story - Rupa Bajwa.
Rupa Bajwa is an Indian writer who lives and works in Amritsar, Punjab as well as spending time in various other Indian cities and towns. She is a recipient of the Grinzane Cavour Prize, the Commonwealth Award, and India's Sahitya Akademi Award. In 2004, she published her first novel, The Sari Shop, which explores her hometown and the class dynamics of India.
Set partly in the small, buzzing town of Amritsar and partly in New Delhi, this is the story of Rani, a young woman in contemporary India. She enjoys her work in a local beauty parlour though her lower middle-class family lives in a state of constant struggle to make ends meet, to hang on to their dreams, to keep their fragile lives from collapsing
AbeBooks Rupa Bajwa s debut novel The Sari Shop was published in 2004 to critical acclaim
Rupa Bajwa s debut novel The Sari Shop was published in 2004 to critical acclaim. The novel went on to win the Commonwealth Writer s Prize for Best First Book (Eurasia Region), Grinzane Cavour Award for Best Debut Fiction and Sahitya Akademi Award for Best English Fiction (India), and was longlisted for the Orange Prize.
Bajwa's latest book, Tell Me A Story, comes eight years after her first successful novel, The Sari Shop. The book is about a ninth standard dropout Rani, a very cheerful young woman who loves working in a local beauty parlour. The story emphasis on how her life changes as needs arise and financial problems faced by her and her family escalate. Talking about inspiration behind the book and characters, Rupa revealed, "Writing is a very serious business for me. I feel you should write about what you know for instance my first book was set in Amritsar and this book is set half in Amritsar and half of it is set in Delhi.
And so, armed with a second-hand English grammar book and a battered Oxford Dictionary, a fresh pair of socks and a bar of Lifebuoy soap, Ramchand attempts to realize the dream that his childhood had promised. But soon these efforts turn his life upside down, bringing him face to face with the cruel reality of his very existence. Rupa Bajwa's story is both heartbreaking and very real, and depicts a modern world in which hope and violence are permanently entwined.
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Ramchand was told that he needn’t go to the Kapoors for a while now. If they needed more saris, he’d be told. After the Phyllis-Peggy-motor tour confusion, he had become a little wary of the letter-writing book. Yet he assiduously, though suspiciously, went through it, making notes in his notebook and looking up meanings in the dictionary. He had hit upon a new idea, and he thought it was the most brilliant idea he had ever had.