Date(s) - 30/10/2014
Alliance Francaise de Bangalore
30 Oct, 6.30 pm
BOOK LAUNCH: ‘Inga’ by Poile Sengupta
Eminent Writer Shashi Deshpande will release the book and Shri Chiranjiv Singh, former Ambassador to UNESCO, will receive the first copy. This will be followed by a reading by noted theatre persons Ashish Sen and Lekha Naidu.
If anyone could transform laughter to light, she did, Inga. Radiance upon radiance of laughter, chime upon bell chime of light sparkled and shone everywhere. It was as if the sky showered tiny star grains that scattered, glinting, on the hay heap we were cocooned in; they sparkled on the leaves of the jackfruit tree above and dusted my arms with gold. Who could resist such a dance of light…? I couldn’t, I never could. Almost never.
Rapa is born into a Tamil Brahmin family, full of dark secrets. She is brought up in Delhi where an ‘English’ education introduces her to literature that is both fascinating and foreign. Her summer holidays are spent in the confines of the family home in Kerala, where she has for companion her cousin Inga. But as the two girls grow up, their lives change through a tortuous, pain-filled process.
Forty years after her death, Rapa’s husband has her notes published, the story of her struggles against her family, her marriage and her final encounter with Inga.
A tragic tale of yearning and hope, of derision and rage, of miracles and dreams, of commitment and utter rejection.
About the author:
Poile Sengupta was born in Ernakulam, Kerala, and began writing while in school in Delhi. Her work includes fiction, poetry and drama for adults, as well as for children. Her collection of six plays was published by Routledge, in 2010, as Women Centre Stage: The Dramatist and the Play. Her recent writing for children includes Role Call and Role Call Again by Rupa, and Vikram and Vetal, Vikramaditya’s Throne and Good Heavens! One Act Plays for Children by Puffin. Her short fiction for children has been extensively anthologised.
Poile Sengupta is a well known theatre person in Bangalore, which is now her home.
This is her first novel.