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1 Bela Lal
For Honour
Niyogi Books; New Delhi, India; 9789381523834; Softcover; New; 
HONOUR means different things to different people. For the Khimjas honour is the purity of their race, the continuity of their orthodox traditions, the maintenance of the rules of caste, gotra and clan. The quick and summary justice that is meted out to those who flout these unwritten, but implacable rules is part of their known and accepted culture. Om Prakash Khimja, the sarpanch of the village of Angratta and the undisputed leader of the Khimjas of the village, is instrumental in the destruction of the love affair between a Khimja girl, and a boy from a lower caste. But what will he do when his own daughter falls in love with a non-Khimja. Anant, the outsider with a past, an enigma that even Om Khimja could not unravel, plays his part with finesse, managing, manipulating, and finally escaping from the politics and rivalries of village life. But does he really escape the Khimja retribution? With a masterful pen, Bela Lal has drawn an authentic sketch of the horizon where urban and rural lives merge, mix and conflict. Her vividly drawn characters, her authoritative description of contemporary Gujjar history brings to life a canvas of the complexities of our modern times.Printed Pages: 228. 106546

Price: 6.25 USD
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2 Bela Lal
The Night of Kaamini
Penguin; New Delhi, India; 2008; 0143101552 / 9780143101550; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
Old sins have long shadows. Thakur Ram Prasad’s enchantment with a pair of beautiful eyes triggered series of events—love, anguish and, finally, redemption—which unfolded over four decades and affected the lives of all who were close to him. His daughter, Kaamini, betrayed by the very people who should have loved her best, turned her back on the past and made a life for herself and her daughter, Mita, in Ram Prasad’s rambling old kothi, looking after the lands she inherited in the small town of Mukundganj. Mita grew up unaware of the secrets that that lingered in the walls and courtyards of the kothi. But once she went to engineering college and met and fell in love with a fellow student, Amit, she had to confront the reticence and sorrow that surrounded her mother’s life, and to bravely lay the ghosts of the past. Bela Lal’s beautifully crafted tale weaves effortlessly between the turbulence of the 1940s—the time of Kaamini’s youth—and the sweeping social changes of the1980s, as Mita and Amit try to plan their future in the face of silence, opposition and mistrust. Lal’s authentic characters, her ability to evoke recent historical periods with vividness and authority and, above all, her unmatched ability as a storyteller, make The Night of Kaamini an unforgettable read. Printed Pages: 384. 024253

Price: 7.35 USD
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