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These, Our Bodies, Possessed by Light by [Dharini Bhaskar]

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'In her masterful debut, Dharini Bhaskar gives us a young woman hovering at a crossroads in her life - and before she chooses, she must first consider the lives and loves of the women who came before her and whose choices both bind her and set her free. With a poet's easy grace with language and a philosopher's comfort with ambiguity, she traces how each one of us contains multitudes - and shows us, in a way we can never forget, how family is both the greatest fact and fiction of all.' - Chandrahas Choudhury

'Dharini Bhaskar's writing has the muscles of light - in her first novel she takes us to places that we haven't seen before, places left invisible by life and literature. In this deeply moving novel, we encounter a family of women related by the inheritance of confusion - there were times I found my hand touching their names on the page, as if reaching out to hold them, to tell them that we were there, their relatives, waiting outside the novel. I think I understand the punctuations of my pain better after reading this book.' - Sumana Roy

'Dharini Bhaskar's first novel is a beautifully structured exploration of a Tamil family that comes to settle in Mumbai. Their world is presented through the experiences of five women: three sisters, their mother, and their grandmother. The action moves beyond Mumbai, to Delhi, Norway, and the US. The men in their lives arrive like magical driftwood, strike against them, drift away. Some manage to stay put. Weaving all of this into a dense emotional tapestry is an undercurrent of legend and mythology. A first book, a fine achievement, truly an auspicious beginning!' - Gieve Patel

'The novel jump-cuts from a village in South India with a large family to a pub in England and a photographer of overage retired ships. But the narrative is seamless and written with a verve and passion that could be the envy of other novelists. An unforgettable read, dotted with pensive moments and uncertainties.' - Keki N. Daruwalla --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Born in Bombay, Dharini Bhaskar has at various points also called Britain, Greece and Delhi home. Dharini was the former editorial director of Simon and Schuster India and was one of five young Indian writers selected for Caravan's Writers of India Festival, Paris. She has been published in an anthology, Day's End Stories, and in Hindu Blink and Arre, among other publications. When she isn't writing, Dharini backpacks, reads, and finds immense joy in being brought up by her son. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B081K46PT1
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hachette India (25 November 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1211 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 330 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 60 ratings

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Reviewed in India on 19 October 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stunning piece of work
By Aloka on 19 October 2020
‘What can one say of childhood grief? That it is lonely. That it is invisible. That it is denied the vocabulary granted to adult despair. That it shifts, mutates, but seldom vanishes. That it casts a mark.
My sisters and I, we were sorrow stained.’

What makes a great book?
For me, it’s a book that speaks to me personally and appeals to me at that point in my life, it’s relevance to my mood, my outlook, whether I am stressed or relaxed or whether I need something exciting to happen.
I remember thinking very early on as a mother when I got triggered by something my son did or said, the tone in his voice, so non descript to my husband. But he’s 2 he’d laugh after I had completely shattered in jagged bits all over our house over something trivial and written our toddler off to a life of doom.
Where do these reactions come from? Where do associations to a change of tone, a defensive reaction to a non offensive statement, a larger than acceptable reaction to something innocuous come from?
I read somewhere recently on my feed that we spend our adult lives getting over the emotional immaturity of our parents.
And then we have kids and the pattern carries forward.
Dharini Bhaskar’s beautiful beautiful book is about all this and more. Three sisters, a mother, a grandmother. Deeya the middle sister and our narrator is at the precipice of an important decision, one that will define her at the start of the book. She stops and thinks. She tells the story by going back in time to her grandmother’s tale and her mother’s saying that somewhere in their stories her path was chosen. Her decisions were inextricably tied to theirs. Her mistakes like venn diagrams each intricately joined in parts to the women who shaped her. She weaves a beautiful tale some parts memory – those unreliable fragments of our history– some parts fact and some parts fiction. Because isn’t that what we all are, a burst of fact and fiction, our stories completely different to each person we tell it to?
This book is a play of words for over 300 pages lilting along like a light breeze over grassy fields, in no hurry to get anywhere, and no story in particular to tell, no exciting plot to tie up. it is a combination of psychology, absolutely stunning writing and a story with interesting characters.
I’d put it right up there with God of Small things – a no mean feat as that is one of my all time favourite books. So needless to say I enjoyed this one very much.
I absolutely loved ammama (the grandmother) an exceptional woman, and Deeya’s younger sister Tasha.
Read if you like litrary novels with sublime character growth. 
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