Aruna Chakravarti is a well-known academic, creative writer, translator and an award winning author. In this interview, we talk about Aruna’s journey from a translator to an author, the research for her book Jorasanko and the sequel, Daughters of Jorasanko.
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About Aruna Chakravarti
Aruna Chakravarti is a well-known academic, creative writer and translator. Her first novel, The Inheritors, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and her third, Jorasanko, received critical acclaim and went on to become a bestseller. Her seven translated works include an anthology of songs from Rabindranath Tagore’s Gitabitaan, Saratchandra Chattopadhyay’s novel Srikanta and Sunil Gangopadhyay’s Those Days, First Light and Primal Woman: Stories. She has two academic works to her credit: a biography of Saratchandra Chattopadhyay and a critical work on Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s fiction. Among the various awards she has received are
the Vaitalik Award, the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Sarat Puraskar.
About Daughters of Jorasanko
The Tagore household is falling apart. Rabindranath cannot shake off the disquiet in his heart after the death of his wife Mrinalini.Happiness and well-being elude him. His daughters and daughter-in-law struggle hard to cope with incompatible marriages, ill health and the stigma of childlessness. The extended family of Jorasanko is steeped in debt and there is talk of mortgaging one of the houses. Even as Rabindranath deals with his own financial problems and strives hard to keep his dream of Santiniketan alive, news reaches him that he has been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. Will this be a turning point for the man, his family and their much celebrated
Daughters of Jorasanko, sequel to the bestselling novel Jorasanko, explores Rabindranath Tagore’s engagement with the freedom movement and his vision for holistic education, brings alive his latter-day muses Ranu Adhikari and Victoria Ocampo, and maps the histories of the Tagore women, even as it describes the twilight years in the life of one of the greatest luminaries of our times and the end of an epoch in the history of Bengal.
Daughters of Jorasanko will be available in first week of November 2016. This interview was possible with the support of Harper Collins India.