High Wind
Tilottoma Misra Translated by Udayon Misra
  • ISBN : 9789385932823
  • year : 2020
  • language : English
  • binding : Hardbound
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Set in the early twentieth century in Shillong, then an emerging colonial town under British rule and the capital of Assam, High Wind is woven around the life of the Sanskrit scholar Banamali Panchatirtha and his wife Haimavati, and their journey from the plans of the Brahmaputra to the hills of Shillong. Tilottoma Mishra deftly and sensitively explores the layered complexities of the relationships between the different communities who make Shillong their home – the Khasi, the Assamese and the Bengali. As the story unfolds, Haimavati emerges as the central character who quietly but consistently struggles to come out of the clutches of tradition into a more rational and humane world where relationships are not marred by ignorance, prejudice and superstition. The novel was awarded the Lummer Dai Award instituted by the Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society and the Assam Sahitya Sabha in 2017 for its sensitive portrayal of inter-community relationships.