INDIA HOUSING SOCIETY
Rs 250 Pb 2007
(US, Canadian and French rights sold. All others available.)
India Housing Society is a fictional place in Ahmedabad,
Gujarat. Set in 2002, after the communal carnage
that took place post-Godhra, it revolves around
the dilemmas of the last of the Bene Israeli Jews
in the city.
Should they leave? Should they continue to stay
in India? Do they belong to Israel, their spiritual
fatherland or to India, their motherland? Strongly
rooted in Ahmedabad, the shadow of the recent violence
and of the Arab-Israeli conflict in Israel brings
home the vulnerability of a miniscule community,
already shrinking rapidly.
is the author of
The Walled City, Book of Esther;
By the Sabarmati; Book of Rachel; and My Father's Zoo
and She has edited an anthology
of stories about the Gujarat earthquake in 2001
and has co-authored a book , India's
Jewish Heritage: Ritual, Art and Life Cycle.
Her work is translated into French and Gujrati and
is part of the library of Modern Jewish Literature,
Syracuse University Press, New York. She belongs to a
Bene Israel Jewish family of Ahmedabad and grew up
in a zoo created by her father.