Marathi author Aruna Dhere shares her five favourite reads

Aruna Dhere has written over fifty books in different genres, including poetry, children’s literature and social history, literary theory and cultural discourse, with an enduring emphasis on the lives and worlds of women

13 Apr 2021 | By PrintWeek Team

Aruna Dhere

She has also written criticism on Marathi literature, folk literature and the epics and has translated poetry extensively. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Acharya Atre Award and the Kavi Kusumagraj Award. 

Smritichitre by Lakshmibai Tilak: Published in four parts during 1934 -1937, the book is an influential autobiography. Married to Narayan Waman Tilak, an accomplished Marathi poet, Lakshmibai Tilak was educated by her husband, and later went on to write her autobiography. The book was recently translated into English by Shanta Gokhale. 

Awara Masiha by Vishnu Prabhakar: Published in 1974, the book remains the best available biography of Sharatchandra Chattopadhyay, the author of cult Bengali classics like Devdas and Patineeta. And it was written in Hindi, thus highlighting the enduring appeal of the author. 

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck: Set during the Great Depression, the novel tells the story of the Joads, a poor family of tenant farmers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, agricultural industry changes, and bank foreclosures forcing tenant farmers out of work.

Savitri by PS Rege: Published in 1962, and told through 39 letters the eponymous heroine writes to a young man studying in English, the novel tells the story of a young woman whose life gets entangled in the politics of the time between 1939 and 1947.

Aahe He Ase Aahe by Gauri Deshpande: Anything that the inimitable Gauri Deshpande, who translated The Arabians Nights into Marathi, has written is worth reading.    

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