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Nobody Lights A Candle

Release date: 5 April 2024
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The day after Holi. Former SHO Adhirath Jatav, recently dismissed from the Delhi Police, happens ... Read More

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The day after Holi. Former SHO Adhirath Jatav, recently dismissed from the Delhi Police, happens upon a murder—the body of a young woman, her insides split open, is found inside a farmhouse on the outskirts of New Delhi. A chance encounter with the woman’s mother clears some mystery—she was from a neighbouring village, a beautician and a presumed prostitute, with a string of fake names. Her poverty and social status had made her an outcast— her death is considered not a tragedy but an inconvenience.

While the police investigate half-heartedly, Adhirath finds himself drawn to the case. He feels a connection with this woman who, much like him and his ‘untouchable’ wife, had had to claw her way through life to secure a place for herself in society. Over time, Adhirath grows protective of the dead woman— her reputation and her dignity—and determined to find her killer.

Translated from the Hindi original—Hatya—Nobody Lights a Candle is a precise and nuanced meditation on the persistence of age-old biases and structural violence in a deeply unequal country. As sensitive, even tender, as it is hard-hitting, this is a gripping read—crime fiction with heart and purpose.

 

Product Details

Title: Nobody Lights A Candle
Author: Anjali Deshpande
Publisher: Speaking Tiger
SKU: BK0496462
EAN: 9789354479366
Number Of Pages: 232
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Country Of Origin: India
Release date: 5 April 2024

About Author

Anjali Deshpande is a journalist and activist. She has participated in many campaigns and movements including the women’s movement and the Bhopal gas tragedy survivors’ struggle for justice. A bilingual author who writes in both English and Hindi, Deshpande’s first novel in English, Impeachment, was published in 2012, and was recreated in Hindi as Mahabhiyog, in 2016. She has, under her belt, a collection of short-stories in Hindi, Ansari ki Maut ki Ajeeb Dastaan, (2019), and a Hindi novella, Hatya (2019), which has been translated into German under the title Mord (2023). Deshpande has also co-authored Factory Japani, Pratirodh Hindustani (2023) with Nandita Haksar, translated into English as Japanese Management, Indian Resistance (2023).

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