Announcing a new collection of Manisha Roy Short Stories!
Manisha Roy shares her love of writing in this collection of over 20 short stories.
The stories of this collection were written over a span of several decades beginning in 1985 and ending in 2022. A few of them were translated by Manisha Roy from her mother tongue, Bengali. Despite the geographical and other contextual differences, the narrative shifted and at times translated itself as if the author traveled easily between different landscapes—both external and internal.
Manisha Roy presents a fresh and unique variation to the observations of E.M. Forster in his Passage to India and so many authors since, by introducing an American doctor into the setting of the Indian society of 1970s.
In 1975 Dr. Charles Hamilton, Professor of medicine from a reputed American University travels to India with the purpose of gathering data on tropical parasitic diseases and with the hope that his discoveries would benefit the large number of infected poor of that country. However, his experiences and encounters with urban and rural Indians range from hilarious to touching pathos. The unexpected impediments and emotional conflicts in his quest turn into a crucible leading a transformation that is subtle but life-changing. Professor Hamilton fails to complete his research but gains a new attitude.
The book Women, Stereotypes and Archetypes by Manisha Roy, explores the complexity of modern woman’s identity which is no longer supported by convenient but limiting stereotypes. The book tries to answer following questions :
How do the women handle the confusion arising from such a loss?
If stereotypes are rejected can understanding of the meaning and function of the archetypes in human psyche offer the majority of women guidelines to a secure identity?
Is an American woman’s problem of identity different from that of a woman of another culture?
And finally, where does all this change and crisis lead? Examples from the author’s analytical practice of 40 years and life-long anthropological research and teaching are used to support her observations and conclusions.