Fasting, Feasting by Anita Desai
The most recent novel of Indian born author Anita Desai, Fasting, Feasting (1999) tells the story of two middle-class families and the allegorical struggles of the individual members to find individual identity and happiness. This meticulously construc
Anita Desai: Biography
Anita Desai (born 1937) has been touted by "British Writers'" A. Michael Matin as "one of the preeminent contemporary Indian novelists," even referred to by many as the Mother of the Indian psychological novel genre. Her meticulous depictions of modern Indian life, combined
Fasting, Feasting is a wonderful novel of two parts, running from the heart of a close-knit Indian household, with its restrictions and prejudices, its noisy warmth and sensual appreciation of food, to the cool centre of an American family. Uma, the plain spinster daughter of the Indian family, is t
Major Works of Anita Desai, the Indian Novelist
Most of Desai's works engage the complexities of modern Indian culture from a feminine perspective while highlighting the female Indian predicament of maintaining self-identity as an individual woman. Cry, the Peacock, Desai's first novel, chronicles
In her novel, Fasting, Feasting, Anita Desai eventually accomplishes what many writers attempt and then fail to achieve. She uses light touch, simple language, uncomplicated structure, but at the same time addresses some very big issues and makes a point.
Uma and Arun are children of Mamap
In Fasting, Feasting by Anita Desai, the characters, Uma, Aruna, Anamika, Arun, Melanie and Rod suffer from entrapment as an inescapable fact in their lives in many senses.
On the one hand, Uma is suppressed, repressed and imprisoned, she is a reluctant victim of entrapment at home,” She walks
FASTING, FEASTING by Anita Desai
The main characters who struck me the most are Uma and her brother Arun; to them are dedicated the two
parts of the novel.
Personally I think they have a lot of things in common and I’m not only considering the fact that they belong
to the same...
Interview with Anita Desai
Magda Costa interviewed Anita Desai in Barcelona, 30 Jan 2001. Desai was in Spain to launch the Spanish and Catalan translations of Fasting, Feasting.
-How was it to grow up in a family like yours, with a German mother and a Bengali father, in India?
Fasting, Feasting Topics for Discussion
Discuss what you think the author really means by "fasting" and "feasting." What are the physical and emotional implications of each?
How do you think the story would have been different if it had been Uma who had gone to America instead of Arun?...
Anita Desai's novel of intricate family relations plays out in two countries, India and the United States. The core characters comprise a family living in a small town in India, where provincial customs and attitudes dictate the future of all children: girls are to be married off and boys...
Exam Type Essay
"Fasting, Feasting" is a novel written by Anita Desai. This book is divided in two parts, one part from an India family point of view, and the other from an American family perspective. The title of this novel is greatly interesting because it is in two parts too. Fasting...
Won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize for her novel "Fire on the Mountain" and her children's book "The Village by the Sea" (1982), won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award.
Anita Desai is an Indian novelist and short story writer. She is known for her sensitive portrayal of the inner...
Anita Desai s Fasting, Feasting: A feminist Study
P. Krishnakant S. K.V.Tuli, Paper Nagar Dist. Mokokc hung. Nagaland- 798623.
To a cautious reader of Feminism it will appear that from the decade of 1960 all feminist critics asserting that they are on a journey of self discovery. It will lead th
Fasting and Feasting
The book “Fasting and Feasting” revolves around two families, one that lives in India the other in America. The author Anita Desai contrasts the two families. The book focuses on the social role of the woman in the household and the Indian traditions that
Fasting, Feasting – Anita Desai
January 27, 2008 by lizzysiddal
2007 was the year in which I failed to finish the Indian novels I started. I read 2 and faltered at the 500 page mark in both. I found Vikram Chandra’s amalgam of literary fiction and crime in Sacred Games remarkably...
CONGUGAL CACAPHONY IN ANITA DESAI’S NOVELS
Suneeta Upadhyay, Research Scholar
M.M.H. college, Ghaziabad, C.C.S. University, Meerut
Indian novelist and short story writer, Anita Desai is specially noted for her insightful depiction of the inner life of the female characters in her writings. In
It's the morning after her night of triumph. Kiran Desai, sleepless but still glowing with all the unaffected grace that she showed on the Guildhall platform, has been giving interviews since 7.30am. Soon, she will rush to Heathrow to resume the German tour that her Man Booker victory so noisily int
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Anita Desai (b.1937) – formerly Anita Mazumdar
Indian novelist and short story writer, especially noted for her sensitive portrayal of the inner life of her female characters. Several of Desai's novels explore tensions between family members and the alienation of middle-class women. In her later n
Anita Desai deals with the theme of family by sharing the interactions or the lack of them between family members. She does so by using words which relate to food and the passage from page 194 “Arun sits in front of his bowl of dhal” to the end of 195, is significant to the rest of the...