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1 Pandey Bechan Sharma 'Ugra'; Translated from Hindi and with an Introduction By Ruth Vanita
Chocolate, and Other Writings on Male-Male Desire
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 2006; 0195674863 / 9780195674866; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
The first public debate on homosexuality in modern India occurred in the 1920s, in the thick of the movement for national independence. It was sparked off by a collection of Hindi short stories entitled Chocolate (1927), by Hindi nationalist writer Pandey Bechan Sharma, better known by his pen-name ‘Ugra’ (extreme). The stories created such an uproar that almost every major public figure, from Premchand to Gandhi, joined in the debate. This first-ever English translation of Ugra’s work raises issues as salient today as eight decades ago: the interpretation of text, the role of fiction in relation to society, and the morality of same-sex erotic relationships. Ugra’s writings provide a window on nationalist constructions of Indian identity, especially in relation to ideas of India’s past; of gender, masculinity, and sexuality; and of Hindu-Muslim and Indian-foreign relations. Many of the prejudices and ideas bandied about in the 1920s still hold centre stage, and resurface in debates about sexuality, obscenity, censorship, and the civil rights of gay people. In her introduction, Ruth Vanita, who has extensively studied the pre-modern and modern history of same-sex relationships in India, discusses the book’s ambivalent portrayal of homosexuality and the debate it sparked off among Hindi littérateurs and nationalists. Printed Pages: 114. 015704

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2 Ruth Vanita
Gandhi's Tiger and Sita's Smile: Essays on Gender, Sexuality and Culture
Yoda Press; New Delhi, India; 8190227254 / 9788190227254; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
Gandhi's Tiger and Sita's Smile presents a collection of compelling essays which interrogate a variety of Indian texts and contexts along intersecting axes of gender, nation, and desire. The primary theme that weaves these varied essays together, written at different points of time with varying focal points of interest, is intertextuality. Vanita examines the way in which medieval texts speak to each other and draw on earlier canonical works, rewriting and transforming narrative in a spirit of respectful conversation. She also looks at modern texts, such as nineteenth-century poetry and twentieth-century fiction and cinema, as they converse with each other and with older texts. In doing so, she tries to explore how such pre-modern and modern texts are received in later periods or by other cultures in the same period. These captivating and intensely thought-provoking writings demonstrate the author's superb ability to turn the norm, whether Right-wing or Left-Wing, on its head, and find a fresh way to appreciate diversity and change, and the valuable dialogue they give rise to. Contents Forword by Shohini Ghosh Preface Acknowledgements Politics and Power 1. Thinking Beyond Gender in India 2. The Self Has No Gender: A Female and A Male Scholar Debate Women's Status in the Mahabharata 3. Gandhi's Tiger: Multilingual Elites, the Battle for Minds, and English Romantic Literature in Colonial India 4. A Rose by Any Other Name: The Sexuality Terminology Debates 5. Was Sita Mrs Ram? The Evolution of Women's Surnames 6. Whatever Happened to the Hindu Left? Love and Friendship 7. God as Sakhi: Medieval Poet Janabai and her Friend Vithabai 8. Gender, Language, and Genre: Hindus, Muslims, Men, Women, and Lesbian Love in Nineteenth-century Urdu Rekhti Poetry 9. Tragic Love and the Ungendered Heart: Reading the Well of Loneliness in India and the West 10. From a Man (Mard) to a Human Being (Insan): Jealous Husbands, Female Sexuality and Discourses of Love in Three Major Hindi Films 11. Social Deviant, Disabled Victim or Normative Human Being? Love Rewrites the Plot in Dosti and Tamanna 12. The Many Colours of Love: Homoerotic Tropes in Modern Indian Fiction Pleasure, Play, Transformation 13. Sita Smiles: Wife as Goddess in the Adbhut Ramayana 14. Disability as Opportunity: Sage Ashtavakra Mentors Bhagiratha, the Disabled Child of Two Mothers 15. Playing the Field: Homoeroticism in Modern Indian Advertising 16. Pleasure or Moral Purpose? Conflict and Anxiety in Modern Hindi Translations of the Kamasutra 17. 'I'm an Excellent Animal': Cows at Play in the Writings of Bahinabai, Rukun Advani, Suniti Namjoshi and Others Index. Printed Pages: 336. 027141

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3 Ruth Vanita
Gender, Sex and the City: Urdu Rekhti Poetry, 1780-1870
Orient BlackSwan; New Delhi, India; 2012; 8125045538 / 9788125045533; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Gender, Sex and the City explores the cosmopolitan sensibilities of Urdu poetry written in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, especially in the city of Lucknow, which was the centre of a flourishing Indo-Persian culture. Through its ground-breaking analysis, it demonstrates how re??ti (a type of Urdu poetry whose distinguishing features are a female speaker and a focus on women?s lives) and to some degree, non-mystical re??ta(mainstream Urdu poetry with a male speaker), for the first time in Urdu represent women (both of conventional families and courtesan households) as important shapers of urban culture, especially urban speech. Vanita analyses how re??t? becomes a catalyst for the transformation of the g??azal, first, by focusing it not on love alone but on the practices, spaces and rituals of everyday life; second, by bringing subordinated figures, such as women as well as servants centre-stage; and, third, by challenging the g??azal?s ideal of perfect love as framed by separation and suffering. Women characters in re??t? fall in love, but they also work, shop, dress, sing, dance, eat, fast, chat, quarrel, pray, invoke spirits, and voice opinions on many matters. The author explores the way re??t? reconfigures the city from women?s perspective, depicting a parallel world of urban women?s meeting places, networks and rituals. The first book-length study in English of re??t? and also of non-mystical re??ta, it demonstrates the interplay between the twoin language, form and content. Including many first-time translations and also analyses of neglected poems, such as Rangin?s Mas?nawi Dilpazir and Jur?at?s ????ja ?asan-? Ba??sh? T?w??if, (a romance with a courtesan heroine), it also studies in detail the works of Insha and Nisbat, among others. With several more transcribed poems than in its US edition, this book is a must-read for students and scholars of literature, history, sociology, gender and sexuality studies, South Asian studies and culture studies. Printed Pages: 344. 037297

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4 Ruth Vanita and Saleem Kidwai (eds)
Same-Sex Love in India
Penguin; New Delhi, India; 2008; 0143102060 / 9780143102069; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
Printed pages: 520. 026820

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5 Ruth Vanita (trs.)
The Co-wife and Other Stories
Penguin; New Delhi, India; 2008; 0143101722 / 9780143101727; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
Considered one of the greatest fiction writers in Hindi, Munshi Premchand (1880–1936) wrote over three hundred short stories, a dozen novels and two plays over a prolific career spanning three decades. Though best known for his stories exposing the horrors of poverty and social injustice, he wrote on a variety of themes with equal facility—romance, satire, social dramas, nationalist tales, and yarns steeped in folklore. The Co-wife and Other Stories brings together twenty classic tales of Premchand which provide a glimpse of the author’s extraordinary range and diversity. While some cast a harrowing look at poverty, reflecting Premchand’s sympathy with the underdog, others expose human foibles without being judgmental and tackle gender politics in a humorous and ironic manner. This collection also includes an imaginative foray into historical fiction, a nostalgic look at childhood, a comic exploration of the theme of women’s autonomy, and stories that reveal the writer’s profound empathy with animals. Ruth Vanita’s sensitive translation captures the power and beauty of Premchand’s language, conveying the nuances of the original and bringing to life the author’s inherent humanism. Printed Pages: 304. 021400

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