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1 Rita Kothari (Author) & Urvashi Butalia (Frwd)
Memories and Movements: Borders and Communities in Banni, Kutch, Gujarat
Orient BlackSwan; New Delhi, India; 2013; 8125050493 / 9788125050490; Hardcover; New; New; 
Memories and Movements is an ethnographic account of present-day Banni society, where the rhetoric of ‘change and development’ have made inroads quietly but surely. Poised on the brink of socio-economic transformation, it hosts huge tourist populations for a few months every year. The result is an immense demand for its distinct products and services such as its handicrafts and music. The labour of its women feeds the embroidery industry in Banni. Kothari raises poignant questions, among others, about the position of Banni’s women: Do the handicraft industries give women more freedom and self-determination? Or do they entrench gender-inequality further? The author also tells the story of the entrepreneurial success and resultant social mobility of a hitherto ‘untouchable’ community. In presenting a picture of Banni’s complex, tiered society, she shows how its people navigate social borders on an everyday basis and transcend territorial borders through memory, song and story. In her insightful foreword to this volume, Urvashi Butalia highlights how Kothari’s ‘questioning of the very notions of region and nation’ is ‘remarkably free of jargon, and yet deeply informed by theory’.Printed Pages: 200. 101937

Price: 17.66 USD
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2 Rita Kothari (trs.)
Speech and Silence: Literary Journeys By Gujarati Women
Zubaan; New Delhi, India; 2008; 8186706984 / 9788186706985; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
Printed Pages: 268. 024734

Price: 4.95 USD
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3 Rita Kothari
The Burden of Refuge: Partition Experiences of the Sindhis of Gujarat
Orient BlackSwan; New Delhi, India; 2009; 8125036733 / 9788125036739; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
Unlike most partition narratives, the narratives of the Sindhis is not marked by violence and bloodshed. The Hindus of Sindh came to India by ship, camel and train, and were unharmed most of the time. The Burden of Refuge is about Partition, and the resettlement and fragmentation of the Sindhi Hindus of India. Rita Kothari traces the trajectory of the Sindhi Hindus from Sindh to India, specifically to Gujarat. The Burden of Refuge tells the story of the Sindhi Hindus of Gajarat beginning with colonial Sindh and tracing the socio-political dynamics of the pre-Partition days. Through personal narratives, Kothari begins to life the story of various Sindhis as they migrate to India and begin their process of resettlement. She delineates the contexts that made an atypical commodity like the Sindhis re-modify themselves to suit more textbook notions of Gujarati bourgeois society. In their desire to assimilate with the India (especially Gujarat), the Sindhis gained much, but also suffered many losses. Though Sindhis have risen from the ashes of Partition as a model immigrant community, the Sufi syncreticism that informed their former life has been tragically damaged and they have also suffered the loss of their language. In Gujarat, their loss are accompanied with a desire to become ‘popular’ Hindus by adopting a more monolithic Hindu identity and by denying their ‘Sindhiness’. Using intergenerational voices and combining history with personal narratives, Kothari’s book examines the phenomena of psychological violence during and after Partition, and explores a different facet of Partition Studies. Going beyond Partition Studies, this book also makes an important contribution to the area of identity politics in contemporary India. This multidisciplinary study is relevant to everyone interested in India’s past and present. Printed Pages: 236. 028506

Price: 7.25 USD
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4 Rita Kothari
The Burden of Refuge: The Sindhi Hindus Of Gujarat
Orient Longman; Hyderabad, India; 2007; 812503157X / 9788125031574; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
Printed pages: 225. 016977

Price: 20.00 USD
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5 Rita Kothari
Translating India
Foundation Books; New Delhi, India; 8175963050 / 9788175963054; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
Post nineteen eighties, what made English translation from Indian languages a culturally desirable activity? This question leads Kothari to examine the changing cultural universe of urban, English-speaking middle class in India. She examines in detail readership patterns, attitudes to English, and the course of translation studies in general. The comfort with which English is used with an Indian language as in ""Yeh Dil Maange More"" or ""Hungry Kya"" reflects a sense of familiarity that has been made with English. From this broader context of bilingualism in the first part of the book, Kothari moves on to the state of Gujarat. Taking up the case of Gujarati, she demonstartes the micro issues involved in translations and politics of language. Kothari asks new questions in translation studies and makes the production, reception and marketability of English translation her chief concern. Translating India brings amultidisciplinary perspective to literature and translation, authenticity and representation. Contents Acknowledgements 1. Introduction 2. Recalling: English Translations in Colonial India 3. The Two-Worlds Theory 4. Within Academia 5. Outside the Discipline Machine 6. Publishers' Perspective 7. The Case of Gujarati 8. Summing Up Appendix 1 Appendix 2 Bibliography Works Cited Index. Printed Pages: 142. 027060

Price: 4.95 USD
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