CHRONICLE OF A SATI FORETOLD: REVIEW OF SUNNY SINGH, “WITH KRISHNA’S EYES”

 

On-line at:  http://yatrarollason.info/files/SunnyKrishnarev.pdf

is my review of SUNNY SINGH’s novel WITH KRISHNA’S EYES –
New Delhi: Rupa & Co, 2006, 293 pp., ISBN 81-291-0966-2
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EXTRACT:
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
globalised coexists
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
specifically
subcontinental context, that may justify its being taken as a highly
original piece of what
might be called “Indian Gothic”.
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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:

http://sunnysinghonline.blogspot.com/

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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.

 

 

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