Contents: Preface. 1. Abhiyatri: The story of a Rebellious Woman of Assam. 2. Human relationships in The Partings. 3. The conflict between bondage and liberation in Mukta-dhara. 4. Symbolic imagery in Red Oleanders. 5. Religious experience as drama: The King of the Dark Chamber. 6. Existential vision in Evam Indrajit. 7. The conflict between criminality and morality in Earthen Lamps. 8. The theme of love and death in Henceforth. 9. The fate of a Hindu wife in Nirmala. 10. The vision of darkness in Andh Yug. 11. Disintegration of the family in Half-Way house. 12. Kanakadasa: the folden servant. 13. Quest for scientific truth in Carvalho. 14. Quest for completeness in Hayavadana. 15. Duality of experience in Sirisampige. 16. Transition from tradition to modernity in The upheaval. 17. Chemmeen : an ethnic novel of Kerala. 18. Ghasiram Kotwal: a tragedy of power. 19. Satirical vision in Silence the court is in session. 20. Paraja: a novel of tribal life in Orissa. 21. Night of the half moon : a tragic tale of the Punjab. 22. The little clay cart: a tragicomedy of noble love. 23. Community, gender, tradition and modernity in generations. 24. The legend of Nandan: a tragedy of gullibility. 25. Kanyasulkam: a satirical comedy. Index.
"The anthology deals with the texts translated into English from thirteen Indian languages, like Asomiya, Bangla, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Konkani, Malayalam, Marathi, Odissi, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil and Telugu. It focuses on texts like Abhiyatri, The Partings, Mukta-dhara, Red Oelanders, Evam Indrajit, Earthen Lamps, henceforth, Nirmala, Andh Yug, Half-way house, the Kirtanas of Kanakadasa, Carvalho Hayavadana, Sirisampige. The upheaval chemmeen, Ghasiram Kotwal, silence, the court is in session, Paraja, The Night of the half Moon, the Little Clay Cart, The legend of Nandan, generations and Kanyasulkam.
The Indian writers discussed in this anthology include Nirupama Borgohain, Rasna Barua, Rabindranath Tagore, Badal Sircar, Jhaverchand Meghani, Harindra Dave, Dharmavir Bharati, Mohan Rakesh, Kanakadasa, Purnachandra Tejaswi, Chandraskhekhar Kambar, Girish Karnad Pundalik Naik, Sivasankara Pillai, Vijay Tendulkar, Gurdial Singh, Sudraka, R. Parthasarathy, Neela Padmanabhan and Gurjada Appa Rao.
This anthology offers glimpses of Indian Literature in English translation and enables the reader to extend the vista of his knowledge of national literature." (jacket)