The Adivasi Will Not Dance

The Adivasi Will Not Dance

SHORTLISTED FOR THE HINDU PRIZE 2016

In this collection of stories, set in the fecund, mineral-rich hinterland and the ever-expanding, squalid towns of Jharkhand, Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar breathes life into a set of characters who are as robustly flesh and blood as the soil from which they spring, where they live, and into which they must sometimes bleed.

Troupe-master Mangal Murmu refuses to perform for the President of India and is beaten down; Suren and Gita, a love-blind couple, wait with quiet desperation outside a neonatal ward, hoping—for different reasons—that their blue baby will turn pink; Panmuni and Biram Soren move to Vadodara in the autumn of their lives, only to find that they must stop eating meat to be accepted as citizens; Baso-jhi is the life of the village of Sarjomdih but, when people begin to die for no apparent reason, a ghastly accusation from her past comes back to haunt her; and Talamai Kisku of the Santhal Pargana, migrating to West Bengal in search of work, must sleep with a policeman for fifty rupees and two cold bread pakoras.

THE ADIVASI WILL NOT DANCE is a mature, passionate, intensely political book of stories, made up of the very stuff of life. It establishes Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar as one of our most important contemporary writers.

Title:The Adivasi Will Not Dance
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9789385288654
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  • Nandakishore Varma

    Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar's collection of short stories, "The Adivasi Will Not Dance", has been banned in Jharkhand because it has allegedly portrayed adivasi women in bad light. He has also been suspe...

  • Ashish

    This book was recently marred by controversy where in it was banned for "painting the Santhals (a tribal community) in a bad light". Thankfully, better sense prevailed wherein the author was acquitted...

  • Manjul Bajaj

    4.5 starsI had liked Hansda Sowendra Shekhar’s debut novel The Mysterious Ailment of Rupi Baskey very much, but with a few reservations that its rich and vivid detailing perhaps didn’t probe deepl...

  • Anushree

    (Detailed review coming up)Edit :The reason the book intrigued me was the fact that it was banned due to “political” reasons in Jharkhand. The offended lot, who incidentally were Santhal people on...

  • Ashok Krishna

    India, as we all know, is a land of diverse cultures, different peoples, customs, languages and lifestyles. Some of us get to experience that diversity through travel, visiting places and finding peop...

  • Ankita Goswami

    I like reading regional literature because its the only way I can grasp India's diversity and learn about the different communities. I really enjoyed this collection. The stories were simple and raw. ...

  • Zuberino

    Spectacular display of the short story writer's craft - the best of these stories are as good as any short you'll ever read. It's not hard to see why the authorities banned this book and why the autho...

  • Mridula Gupta

    A collection of stories set in the culturally and mineral-rich land of Jharkhand, ‘The Adivasi Will Not Dance’ features a singular and unapologetic voice that will make you aware of the actual pro...

  • Navya

    This was a great story collection, covering a lot of ground through various characters and providing a very textured portrayal of the Santhal community. No bad stories here, though some were very shor...

  • Shruti Sharma

    When I finished this book, I stared at its cover, its title for a good two minutes. I was taking in everything that I had read just now. These stories from the hinterland will haunt you for a long-lon...