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June '04

Refugees from Paradise

 

- by Anuradha Majumdar

The paradise question is far from over. Does it still exist? What about those living outside it? Milton is still on the track, even if it means to reincarnate as a cat and take up lodgings at Casa Mira, an unusual house of tenants in London town. He adopts one of them as his protégé: Jonathan Ferry, an aspiring filmmaker, hunted by a story that he heard as a child. But when Anjali Mehra, a television journalist from New Delhi , arrives hunting after another one, Milton falls into unbiased adoration and adopts her at once. Spotting paradise is a complex affair. Jonathan and Anjali's stories merge inside an old man's eyes in a village fair in Bengal. All this because Krishnagopal, the great baul singer , once rescued a wounded pilot who fell out of the sky, and kept him alive. But when his co-pilot suddenly enters the story, everything splinters. Milton keeps track of every sticky detail, and as tea and terror brush past his whiskers, he discovers few remarkable things

 

Anu has lived in Auroville for the last 22 years. She began publishing her first short story series, The Dot-Matrix Report, in the Auroville News in the good old days of '94. Another series called A Human Race, appeared in The Eye, New Delhi ('96) follwed by her first novel, Parallel Journeys ('98). She edited Transcript for a while, Auroville's first experiment with an online magazine, but once an orange cat walked into her PC, a new novel began.This has just been published by Penguin India and is called Refugees from Paradise. Other than that Anu has worked at Matrimandir and Pour Tous and is also a choreographer.

Published by: Penguin India

 

see also:Anu's poetry page

Contact: anu@auroville.org.in

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