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Meera Vs Meera

Nominated | Book Awards 2021 | English Non-fiction

Meera Vs Meera (Pachrang Chola Pahar Sakhi Ri)

‘Meera Vs Meera’ is a translation of a wellreceived book ‘Pachrang Chola Pahar Sakhi Ri’ in Hindi. For centuries, the masses regarded Meera’s poetry as a medium of expression of their feelings and emotions. Meera’s poetry, though interpreted in multiple ways has dwarfed, weakened and gulfed her persona. The religious discourses and narratives festered with her religious aspect, whereas the European historians during the colonial period in India focussed on elements of love, romance and mystery in Meera’s life. The Marxist critics and neo-feminist activists highlighted Meera’s narratives related to her courage and self-determination, which she exhibited during her times. In this process the human aspects of Meera were completely side-lined which is far more evident from her poetry. Meera is a feudal, rebel, devotee, poet and much more. She led an eventful human life. She never felt alienated or free from womanly passions and was the creation of the society she lived in. Meera believed ‘Soney kaat na lagey’ (Gold never rusts…). In ‘Meera Vs Meera’ an attempt is made to conserve the ‘real self ’ of Meera, left over by the multiple interpretations through the centuries.

Full Title: Meera Vs Meera

Author: Madhav Hada
Publisher: Vani Prakashan
Translator: Pradeep Trikha
Original Language: Hindi

Award Category: English Non-fiction
About the Book: 

‘Meera Vs Meera’ is a translation of a wellreceived book ‘Pachrang Chola Pahar Sakhi Ri’ in Hindi. For centuries, the masses regarded Meera’s poetry as a medium of expression of their feelings and emotions. Meera’s poetry, though interpreted in multiple ways has dwarfed, weakened and gulfed her persona. The religious discourses and narratives festered with her religious aspect, whereas the European historians during the colonial period in India focussed on elements of love, romance and mystery in Meera’s life. The Marxist critics and neo-feminist activists highlighted Meera’s narratives related to her courage and self-determination, which she exhibited during her times. In this process the human aspects of Meera were completely side-lined which is far more evident from her poetry. Meera is a feudal, rebel, devotee, poet and much more. She led an eventful human life. She never felt alienated or free from womanly passions and was the creation of the society she lived in. Meera believed ‘Soney kaat na lagey’ (Gold never rusts…). In ‘Meera Vs Meera’ an attempt is made to conserve the ‘real self ’ of Meera, left over by the multiple interpretations through the centuries.


About the Author: 

Madhav Hada is a literary critic and an academician. His book Pachrang Chola Pahar Sakhi Ri has been well received by the scholars of Hindi. He has also compiled an anthology on Meera’s poetry entitled Meera Rachana Sanchayan. His other works include Muni Jinvijay, Kathetar, Seedhiyan Chadhata Media, Media, Sahitya aur Sanskriti, Kavita Ka Poora Drishya and Tani Hui Rassi Par. After his stint for the three decades in the Higher Education Service of the Government of Rajasthan, he had been Professor and Head, Department of Hindi, Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur. At present, he is fellow at Indian Institute of Advance Study, Shimla. / Pradeep Trikha is a poet, translator, literary critic and an academician. He is the Editor-in-Chief for International Journal on Art, Culture and Museum Studies, Objet-d'-Art. He is Professor of English and Heads the Department of English at the Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur.


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