June 23, 2002
assortment of stories
by Manoj Das. Penguin India. Pages 349. Rs 250.
Das is an accomplished writer whose love for details is
unmistakable. He has won several awards, including the Sahitya
Akademi Award, Padma Shri and the country's most coveted one
for creative writing, the Saraswati Samman.Besides these, his
stories have featured in a large number of international
publications and journals.
enviable achievements and a talent to match, it is no mean
feat when Graham Greene says about his work,‘‘Manoj
Das...(will) take a place on my bookshelves beside the stories
literary skills are evident in his latest work, Selected
Fiction, which is an assortment of 28 delightful stories,
each competing to be the best. you have to give it to him, all
succeed. He whips up stories with dexterity and throws in
characters effortlessly with a skill that is amazingly
masterly and an imagination that is truly superior.
Crocodile's Lady is
about a learned sociologist from the West who doesn't know
what to make of the legendary tale of a crocodile marrying a
girl and coming back for her when she is unable to return. His
bewilderment grows when he is actually taken to meet the
70-year-old crocodile lady.