Boats On Land : A Collection Of Short Stories

Boats On Land : A Collection Of Short Stories (English, Hardcover, Janice Pariat)

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Boats On Land : A Collection Of Short Stories  (English, Hardcover, Janice Pariat)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: RANDOM CENTURY GROUP
  • ISBN: 9788184000740, 818400074X
  • Edition: 2012
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Boats On Land: A Collection Of Short Stories is set in India’s Northeast, in Assam, Shillong and elsewhere in Meghalaya. These intriguing tales give the reader a peek into the Northeast, its culture and the changes that affected the region.

Summary Of The Book

These are tales about India’s Northeast. These stories weave a magical web of fascinating myths and legends, and quaint beliefs, all blending with contemporary reality in each story. The stories cover a big timespan, from the 1800s to the current times.

India’s Northeast is not much explored in mainstream Indian English literature. Boats On Land: A Collection Of Short Stories is one of the few books that fills that gap. The writer is from Shillong and belongs to the Khasi community. The Khasis have a wonderful tradition of storytelling, and the author has grown up hearing many stories. She has used these legends and folklore as a base or background, lending a magical quality to the tales.

There are 15 stories in this collection, and they deal with a wide variety of themes and times. The stories are about dreams, loss, yearnings, and teenage angst. All these themes blend with folklore and fairy tales, myths and legends and still paint a compelling portrait of the changing social and political landscape. The ancient Khasi traditions, the changes brought on by the Europeans and the missionaries, the impact of the British rule, and the unrest between the Khasis and the outsiders all form a backdrop to the stories.

One of the stories, Laitlum, is about two girls who live in a protective environment, who are longing to break out. One of them has become a bit of a rebel. In Echo Words, the mysterious disappearance of a couple sparks rumors and wild speculations. They escalate and people start digging up the marshy land to find the bodies, believing the couple have been victims of foul play.

Boats On Land: A Collection Of Short Stories conveys a deep empathy with the people and the land and its culture. The author weaves in descriptions of the beautiful landscape and old beliefs into the stories that take the reader into the narrative and gets them identifying themselves with the characters.

About Janice Pariat

Janice Pariat is an Indian writer.

She has contributed to anthologies of poetry like Kavi Kala: The Visual Poetry Project and The Yellow Nib Modern English Poetry By Indians.

Janice Pariat was born in Assam. She grew up in Shillong. She has a degree in English Literature from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. She has a Master’s degree in the History of Art from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. Her book, Boats On Land: A Collection Of Short Stories won a Sahitya Akademi Young Writer Award.

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  • 2012
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The writing style is unarguably beautiful, i decided to order the book after reading the article Boats on Land in the Caravan Magazine. The writer's amazing description of Northeast India is a must read.
It takes you on a journey you'll never want to end.
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Pratyay Modi

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10 Oct, 2012

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Gripping and oddly interesting!

Boats on Land is a unique collection of 15 unusual short stories, covering mysterious, different and interesting themes.

Beautiful writing style and crisp narration are the highlight of the book, that create lovely imagery. Stories are gripping and oddly interesting!

Overall, an interesting read. Recommended for every book lover and a must read for those who like reading short stories. Waiting for the author's next book.
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Tarang

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Great narrative!!!

For me also I came across Janice Pariat via Caravan Magazine, which had featured one of the stories from this book. The work is great. I loved the narrative style. I decided to order the book after I read at Caravan Mag.

Great read!!!
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Bikashbhandary Chetry

19 Oct, 2012

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Bewitching and exquisite!

The book takes you on a journey, through the mighty rivers, through the beautiful and poignant hills, through the inextricably entwined magic, through the rains and the grass, and eyes of the people.
This is not a book for light reading. Words have been used beautifully. Language astute. Not many Indian authors these days write so alluringly or gracefully.
Yet there is a vast sadness in each story, you cannot but help feel a bit forlorn.
Nevertheless, a magnificent book which tells us the l...
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Gunjan Sen

14 Nov, 2012

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A great read

Boats on Land takes you on a walk through the lives of the people of Shillong from one generation to the next. Lives that are highlighted by experiences wrapped in love, fear, hope and at times myth. Truly memorable and worth the read.
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Samuel Sawian

9 Nov, 2012

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Not at all satisfied, never ever before there was such inordinate delay.

Sorry to say this is the first ever bad experience I had with flipkart, status report suggest that the item has been packed and expected to be delivered by 28th. this status report remains the same till today.
I would prefer to cancel this order, please do the needful.
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Dr. Robin dutta.

30 Jun, 2014

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