Anjana Appachana: Contribution as Indian Novelist

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      Anjana Appachana born in 1972, Indian short-story writer and novelist whose first volume of short fiction, Incantations and Other Stories (1991), marked her out as a distinctly new voice among Indian fiction writers in English. She received her schooling in Gwalior; and graduated in English from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi. After an M.A. in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University she worked in Delhi for five years before going to Pennsylvania State University to do an MFA. She describes herself as 'belonging to India but (now) living in Tempe, Arizona' with her husband and daughter, Malavika. Sympathy and satire co-exist in her writing, a matter-of-fact tone concealing the seething intensity. Stories from her first volume have been anthologized many times, the latest inclusion being in The Vintage Book of Indian Writing (1997), edited by Salman Rushdie and Elizabeth West. Her second and major work is a 516-page novel, Listening Now (1998), in which seven overlapping narratives of seemingly ordinary women in Delhi and Bangalore trace an intricate design, dark and smoldering with untold secrets and submerged guilt. She writes in a ruthlessly realistic mode woven with strands of irony and humor.

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