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Mitra Phukan is a well-known Assamese writer and contributes regularly to prominent English dailies in Assam. She is the author of a number of books for children and has recently edited a collection of Assamese short stories. She is a committed member of the North East Writers' Forum and edites their journal, NEWFrontiers.
Bio from Zubaan Books
- The Collector's Wife
Zubaan & Penguin India. Penguin USA. (2007)
- Rukmini is married to the District Collector of a small town in Assam, and teaches in the local college. On the surface her life is settled and safe, living in the big beautiful bungalow on the hill above the cremation ground, seemingly untouched by the toil and sufferings of the common folk living "below". And yet there is an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty that grips the town each time there is an "incident" and this has its repercussions on her life too -- for Assam is in the grip of insurgency and it is this thread that runs like a dark river through the novel and forms its plot.
The Assam students' agitation of the 1970s and 1980s has grown into a full-blown agitation today with kidnappings, extortions, and political instability being the order of the day. The meaninglessness of the violence, the complexities that divide "them" and "us" and the point at which the two merge are all explored here and the final denouement is horrifying and yet true -- for there can be no other end to such a tale, where the personal is so densely interwoven with the political.
- Interview in the Deccan Herald.
- Review by Lisa Lau in desilit.
South Asian Women authors