AKHEPATAR – Novel by Bindu Bhat

She began her career as a teacher and later started writing in Gudrara and Hindi. BINDU BHAT is a short story writer, critic and translator. Her second novel Akhepatar, have awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for the year 2003, and was published in 1999 and have been translated in several languages (including Hindi and Sindhi, Marathi, Rajasthani and English). She was born in 1954 in Jodhpur. After completing her school in Limbadi, she received her Bachelor of Arts in 1976 and the Master of Arts in 1978. In 1991 she married Harshad Trivedi, author and poet of Gujarati. Nicknamed the “Blue City” for the large number of houses painted with blue tint, Jodhpur is the capital of Jodhpur district (in the state of Rajasthan), an important tourist destination for the abundance of historical and artistic interest (including the imposing fort of Mehrangarh). The foundations of its palaces are turning into crumbs, and many people have been forced to abandon their homes, which is why the city is likely to become Indian Atlantis.

Akhepatar’s novel begins with a woman returning to her native village in the Jhalawad region of the Saurashtra peninsula. She belongs to a family whose ancestors were engaged in the priestly functions of the village, where she wants to stay with herself, tracing the future, to meet the present. The story alternates past and present, as a chronicle of the upsets in the personal and family life of the protagonist, married to a young brahmin who had migrated to Karachi before India was divided.

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