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The Last Courtesan: Writing My Mother'S Memoir (Hb)

Release date: 24 June 2023
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The 1993 Bow Bazaar bomb blast in Calcutta brought an end to the kothas in the busy commercial di... Read More

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The 1993 Bow Bazaar bomb blast in Calcutta brought an end to the kothas in the busy commercial district. Over the next few years, as dance bars and disco music replaced the old-world charm of mujras, kathak and thumri, the tawaifs began to abandon the profession. Rekhabai, a courtesan, found herself at a crossroads, facing an uncertain future. Where should she go? What should she do next?

Originally from the Kanjarbhat tribe, Rekhabai was sold and trained as a tawaif while she was still a child. In the 1980s, when kothas were no longer recognized as centres for aesthetics, and society disapproved of the tawaif's art, as they felt it was sex work in the guise of adakari (performance), Rekhabai made a name for herself in Calcutta and Bombay as a singing-dancing star. It was an era when she had to dodge guns, goons and Ghalib's ghazals to carve out her own destiny, provide for her large family and raise her son in an English-medium boarding school.

In this poignant memoir, she narrates the unbelievable story of her survival to her son with candour, grace and humour, never missing a beat and always full of heart.

Manish Gaekwad

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Title: The Last Courtesan: Writing My Mother'S Memoir (Hb)
Author: Manish Gaekwad
Publisher: HarperCollins India
SKU: BK0477603
EAN: 9789356993129
Number Of Pages: 192
Language: English
Binding: Hardcover
Release date: 24 June 2023

About Author

Manish Gaekwad has worked as a journalist based in Mumbai for such publications as Scroll.in and Mid-Day, and freelanced for The Hindu. This is his second book. His first novel, Lean Days, was also published by HarperCollins India in 2018. He has written a web series, She, with filmmaker Imtiaz Ali on Netflix, and is currently working as a senior script creative at Red Chillies Entertainment.

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