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INTERIOR DECORATION:
POEMS BY 54 WOMEN FROM 10 LANGUAGES
Ammu Joseph, Vasanth Kannabiran, Ritu Menon and Volga (Eds.)

Rs 350 Pb 2010
81-88965-62-6
(All rights available)

Many of India's best known women poets, and some of its less familiar ones are featured in this landmark volume of 54 women poets from ten languages. It presents a feast of poetry in translations, remarkable for their fidelity and poetic rendering.
An experience of womanhood may be the locus of this anthology, but modes of expression vary by circumstance. Some women locate freedom in the sky, while others talk of being a witch, or dance, or food, the pain of husbands, the love of children, a lover's touch, and the value of mothers, work, and writing. Their voices speak of joy or anger, frustration or satisfaction, regret or ironic resignation. As women and as poets, they offer advice, consolation, perspective—and startling insight.
A colossus like Kamala Das or Gauri Deshpande finds an echo in Mandakranta Sen, or Malika Amar Sheikh even, unexpectedly, in Mamang Dai. Amrita Bharati's intensely solitary interior landscape is counterpointed by the searing imagery of Salma; Savithri Rajeevan's oblique subversion with Jameela Nishat's overt dissent. Myth, fable, contemporary reality, fantasy and folklore are the sinew and substance of poems that range from discrimination to the exhilaration of discovering the power of the word.
 
AMMU JOSEPH
VASANTH KANNABIRAN
RITU MENON
VOLGA
It is a delightful volume where each and every poem is carefully chosen and presented in lucid translation (it is here that the editors deserve the maximum praise). They are sure to leave an indelible imprint on the literary canvas of India as they offer us a taste of what poetry by women, in particluar Indian women is like and should be.
—The Book Review
This is an offering that should make it to every woman's shelf. Let Interior Decoration be the first of a thousand elaborate designs by Indian women.
—The Times of India
.. . illumines many significant concerns in women's poetry in Indian languages from the 1970s through to the 1990s.
—Biblio
 
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