A quiet, unassuming novel of lyrical charm and infectious humour! The story could not be simpler. A girl marries and in course of time produces a child. The girl is city bred - her husband, a Sanskrit scholar, who has his heart in a remote village and where he takes her after marriage. That is all.
Young, playful and mischievous Mohini dreams of a husband but her education and upbringing and the ideas of liberal professor father are unacceptable to her Brahmin traditioned grandmother.
Marriage for love is discarded, matrimonial advertisements in the newspapers bring only embarrassment, and it is through a fortune teller that a match is made.
The unusual cast of characters include a passionate and romantic snake charmer, and a matriarch whose worship of tradition leads her to amorality.
BHABANI BHATTACHARYA (1906-1988), remains one of the most celebrated writers of his time, widely admired not only as a novelist but also as a translator, scholar, cultural historian, biographer and a short story writer.
Bhattacharya's achievement as a novelist lies not only in the choice and handling of themes, narrative technique and art of characterization but also in shaping the English language as a suitable medium to convey Indian sensibilities.
`Think of the wonderfully embroidered rhythms of Joseph Conrad, who wrote in English though some part of his mind was still thinking in Polish... so it is with Bhabani Bhattacharya. He writes in a language which is not English, yet all the words are English...,' wrote the prestigious Saturday Review, New York.
One of the striking features of his novels is the prominence given to women characters. Women are usually presented by him as highly significant if not central characters and in no way inferior to men.
He was honoured with the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1967.
Music for Mohini is outstanding among Bhattacharya's novels for its charm, warmth and artistic economy.
Bhattacharya paints every emotion with ease and dexterity of the seasoned artist that he is.'
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