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Alipura

 | Book Awards 2022 | Translation from Regional Language to English

Alipura (Baaramasi)

Village alipura, Jhansi district, the late 1960s. The Dube family – widowed mother, four sons and a daughter – are precariously Solvent, but kept going by their dreams. Their immediate aspiration is to find a husband for binnoo. But the boys have dreams as well – of wealth, political power, dacoity, romance, or even just passing the intermediate exam. A perennial bestseller since its Hindi publication (as baramasi) in 1999, alipura is beloved for its indelible characters, rambunctious plot, the way in which it leavens tragedy with humour and, above all, for its sense of place. With a wit both savage and tender, sparkling none but with affection for all, Gyan Chaturvedi gives a portrait of a family, an era and a region – bundelkhand.

Full Title: Alipura

Author: Gyan Chaturvedi
Publisher: Juggernaut Books
Translator: Salim Yusufji
Original Language: Hindi

Award Category: Translation from Regional Language to English
About the Book: 

Village alipura, Jhansi district, the late 1960s. The Dube family – widowed mother, four sons and a daughter – are precariously Solvent, but kept going by their dreams. Their immediate aspiration is to find a husband for binnoo. But the boys have dreams as well – of wealth, political power, dacoity, romance, or even just passing the intermediate exam. A perennial bestseller since its Hindi publication (as baramasi) in 1999, alipura is beloved for its indelible characters, rambunctious plot, the way in which it leavens tragedy with humour and, above all, for its sense of place. With a wit both savage and tender, sparkling none but with affection for all, Gyan Chaturvedi gives a portrait of a family, an era and a region – bundelkhand.


About the Author: 

Gyan Chaturvedi is one of Hindi’s most acclaimed and best-loved contemporary novelists, known in particular for his satirical take on life in his native Bundelkhand. A cardiologist and internal medicine specialist by profession, he is also a popular columnist and has written scripts for film and television. Baramasi, the Hindi original of Alipura, is the first volume of the Bundelkhand Trilogy. It has been reprinted thirteen times since its original publication in 1999 and its stage adaptation has been performed across India. It will soon be adapted into a feature film. Dr Chaturvedi was awarded the Padma Shri in 2015.


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