Nominated | Book Awards 2019 | Translated into English, Translations
Weaving Water ()
Full Title: An Autobiography
Author: Ajeet Cour
Publisher: Speaking Tiger Publishing
Translator: Masooma Ali and Meenu Minocha
Original Language: Punjabi
Award Category: Translated into English, Translations
About the Book:
Growing up in pre-Partition Lahore, Ajeet Cour spent a childhood wrapped in warm and enticing experiences, despite her disciplinarian father. From such a beginning, her life moves on to a first, true love that is lost on account of a misunderstanding; a violent, bitter marriage that leaves her with two young children to support; the death of a beloved child, and the loss, again, of love when at last she seems to have found it. But despite the tragedy that always seems to follow her, Ajeet Cour’s story is one of courage, hope and a sort of happiness, as she finds her eventual refuge in herself.
About the Author:
Ajeet Cour, a profound and powerful voice in Punjabi Literature, was born in 1934 in Lahore, migrating to Delhi in 1947. She began writing short stories as a teenager and today is the author of twenty-two books which include novels, novellas, short stories, biographical sketches and translations. Her novellas include Dhup Wala Shehar and Post Mortem. Her novel, Gauri, has been made into a film while her story Na Maaro has been serialized for television. Her autobiography was first published in Punjabi in two parts, Koora Kabara and Khanabadosh. Her works have been translated into English, Hindi and several other languages. In 1986, Ajeet Cour was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for her autobiography. In 2006, she was awarded the Padma Shri for her writing and her contributions in the field of social upliftment. She is the Founder President of the Indian Council for Poverty Alleviation, and has been President, Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature. In 1977, Ajeet Cour founded the Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, a non-commercial institution in New Delhi for the promotion of the arts, literature, theatre, music and dance.