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My Sainted Aunts (Harper Collins, 2006)

Bulbul Sharma was born in 1952. She is a painter and a writer and lives in Delhi. She has published three collections of short stories, The perfect Woman, Anger of the Aubergines and My Sainted Aunts, the last two of which have been translated into French and published by Editions Philippe Picquier as La Colère des aubergines and Mes sacrées tantes. Bulbul Sharma teaches fine arts to handicapped children. She also wrote and illustrated The Book of Indian Birds for Children and is working on a similar project about the trees of India. She has published a large body of work, but very little has been translated into French as of yet. A big exhibition of her works will open in London this year.

In french

Bibliography :

  • My Sainted Aunts (Harper Collins, 2006) - Mes sacrées tantes
  • The Ramayana For Children (Puffin Books, 2005)
  • The Perfect Women (UBSPD, 1994)
  • Anger of the Aubergines (Kali for Women, 1998)
  • Banana Flower Dreams (Penguin 1999)

A short summary of My Sainted Aunts :

The day Mayadevi turned sixty-eight, seventy or seventy-five years old (her date of birth was an ever-changing fact linked to her moods), she decided to go to London.

Thus begins Bulbul Sharma’s delightful collection of stories about her aunts, young and old, tetchy and unpredictable, brave and exasperating. One aunt thinks nothing of leaving her village to walk up high mountains in search of peace and shelter, another ends up with a husband who cannot cope with the daily humiliation of having to look up at his tall wife, and a third enters service in a palace that everyday sinks a little deeper into the pond beneath its foundations.

Illuminated by a vast compassion for the travails of women struggling to cope with changing lifestyles and traditions, My Sainted Aunts is as much an insight into the life of a lost generation as it is a rollicking read.