DIDDI: My Mother's Voice

DIDDI: My Mother's Voice

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Item Code: IDE672
Author: Ira Pande
Publisher: Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 0143033468
Pages: 220
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 7.8" X 5.2"
Weight 230 gm

From the Jacket:

'Perhaps because we called our mother Diddi, elder sister, our relationship with her was always somewhat ambivalent. More than a mother she was for us a difficult sibling, an eccentric, much older sister who belonged to a different generation.

Attempting to unravel the enigma that was her mother, Ira Pande trawls through her writings to recall the life and times of a mother who was also a household name as Shivani, novelist, storyteller and columnist. In the process, she discovers a rich and colourful east ranging from family retainers, grandmothers and aunts to neighbours, friends and fictional characters. Built around the deep ties between mothers and daughters, Diddi salutes the often decadent but highly literate members of a family that produced both eccentrics and brilliant writers. Deftly dovetailing fiction and memoir, with brilliant translations of Shivani's own stories taking the narrative forward in several places, the book is also a record of what happened to the proud Brahmin families of Kumaon when the old feudal order vanished and joint families broke up into nuclear units.

A fascinating experiment in the genre of the biography-novel, Diddi blurs the boundaries between history and fiction to create an intensely personal work that has universal resonance.

About the Author:

Ira Pande worked as a university teacher for fifteen years, and then as an editor at Seminar, Biblio, Dorling Kindersley and Roli Books. She has done some work for television and has also acted in the award winning film Monsoon Wedding. Currently, she works as a freelance writer and editor.




  Acknowledgements viii
  Prologue 1
1. Diddi's Kasoon 8
2. Ama 39
3. Santiniketan 56
4. Diddi and Babu 68
5. Priory Lodge 88
6. Binu 104
7. Jayanti Jerja 118
8. Hamid Bhai 137
9. Ramrati 153
10. The Last Chapter 175
  Epilogue: Pootonwali 185

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