Aandhari’ - the Hindi translation of NamitaGokhale’s recent novel ‘The Blind Matriarch’ to be unveiled at Jaipur Literature Festival

Jaipur:  March 7.  The opening day of the Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 will see the launch of ‘Aandhari’ - the Hindi translation of festival co-director NamitaGokhale’s recent novel ‘The Blind Matriarch’. Translated by PrabhatRanjan, and published by RajkamalPrakashan, it will be discussed, along with some of Gokhale’s other translated works, in a session titled ‘Jaipurnama: The Blind Matriarch and the Return to the Mother Tongue.’

Writer, translator and literary historian RakhshandaJalil will be in conversation with Gokhale, well-known translator PrabhatRanjan, and columnist and cultural icon Pushpesh Pant on the paradoxes of returning a work of fiction to the language of its geographical and emotional location.

NamitaGokhale commented“PrabhatRanjan’s sensitive translation of my new novel, ‘The Blind Matriarch’ has captured every nuance of this quiet story of pandemic times. The Hindi title, ‘Aandhari’ also succeeds in conveying the essence of the novel and the other narratives behind it.”

Ashok Mahesh Wari, Publisher at RajkamalPrakashan, said “We are delighted to be publishing the celebrated writer NamitaGokhale once again, with ‘Aandhari’. Rajkamal is committed to bringing literature from other Indian languages into Hindi, and felt it important to present her new novel, ‘The Blind Matriarch’ to Hindi readers. We have earlier published Gokhale’sSahityaAkademi award winning novel ‘Things to leave Behind’, translated into Hindi as ‘RaagPahadi’ by Pushpesh Pant. We know ‘Aandhari‘too will find the same resonance with readers.”

This is NamitaGokhale’s twentieth book and eleventh work of fiction. She is also co-founder and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival.