is my review of SUNNY SINGH’s novel WITH KRISHNA’S EYES –
New Delhi: Rupa & Co, 2006, 293 pp., ISBN 81-291-0966-2
Sunny Singh’s new English-language novel, "With Krishna’s Eyes", is a
disturbing and eloquent
exploration of the dark side of “Shining India”, in which the modern and
cheek-by-jowl with the archaic and traditional, in a contradiction
seemingly without issue and
yet lived to the marrowbone by its intensely engaged characters. It
confronts the vexed
question of Indian modernity head-on, by boldly centring its plot on so
controversial an issue
as sati. In the process, it draws on the resources of Indian English and
the Indian and non-
Indian literary heritage to offer the reader an exploration of fear, in a
subcontinental context, that may justify its being taken as a highly
original piece of what
might be called “Indian Gothic”.
For photos of Sunny Singh and URL for her site,
see my blog entry for 18 Oct 2006.
Sunny has also posted the review on her own blog, entry for 4 Dec 06, at:
NOTE added 27 Mar 08: The initial version of this review was published in:Reflections (Bhagalpur, India), Vol. V, No. 1 & 2, January & July 2006, pp. 162-164. The on-line version is now slightly updated and expanded from that published in REFLECTIONS.
NOTE added 11 Dec 09: The expanded version has now been published in: Vignettes of Indian English Literature, eds. T.Sai Chandra Mouli and G.A.Ghanshyam, New Delhi: Authorspress, 2009, pp. 141-144.