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Requiem for an Unsung Revolutionary and Other Stories


Requiem for an Unsung Revolutionary
and Other Stories

Ravi Dayal – Imprintone

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“Here, … Kak delves into the lives of the sundry characters and a very keen sense of observation lends authenticity to her description of places, people and other emotions, while retaining a necessary detachment. Her narrative is simple , flowing and direct, reminding one of the  amazing clarity which the elderly often recall their past.”

Ritu Singh, Real life Cameos

“When it comes to description, Kak almost creates a landscape before you.”

Nikhat Kazmi, Trivia need not be trivial, Times Of India

“(Sic) several other stories pick up this theme of thwarted desire and invoke, in the process, questions about segregated social identities which are dependent on class and gender. A robust butcher fantasies about a jeans and T-shirt clad woman customer; a socialite gift shop-owner cannot understand her son’s attraction for that “ordinary” chit of a girl; the dollar earner in Hong Kong ogles at those “shameless” women near the ferry.”

Dr. Malashri Lal, Indian Literature – Sahitya Akademi Journal of Letters

“(Sic) Kak displays a painter’s eye for detail and the external descriptions are insightful.”
“Her facile way of handling Indian English makes for a delightful reading.”

Shohini Ghosh, India Today

“(Sic) she does manage to capture the voices of her individual protagonists very deftly, slipping from the slight innocence of the young boy to the querulous complaints an incontinent old woman approaching death.”

Anita Roy, The Pioneer 

“Kak writes with a winning simplicity about the complex and unresolved dilemmas that plague the individual in contemporary India…..Her canvas is wide and provides a glimpse of the many realities that co-exist in the country.”
Manju Kak is a compassionate writer. She tells intimate stories and offers a direct view of the very personal way in which people choose to handle life’s challenges. She does this with a gravity that forecloses the option of being judgmental with regard to matters of individual pursuit.”

Nomita Unnikrishnan, Businessline

“… there is a lot that is endearing and sad, funny and thoughtful. The choice of stories and their characters are representative icons in a tapestry of modern India, shaded and coloured by Kak’s painter-writer eyes.”

Zai Whitaker, Indian Review of Books, March–April 1997, p.32