Daura: A Novel

Daura: A Novel

A young District Collector is posted to one of the furthest outposts of rural Rajasthan. As he becomes more and more involved with the lives and troubles of the common people in his district, he finds himself sucked deeper and deeper into the dark heart of the desert. And there, with the help of the mysterious musician, the Sarangiya, he has an encounter with beauty in its purest, most absolute form. An encounter that precipitates a dangerous descent.

The pages from the journal he keeps are combined with the narratives of those around him—a Tehsildar, a Circuit House guard, a camel-herder, a pair of tribal girls, a Medical Officer, a Police Superintendent and the Collector's orderly—to create a compelling account of his slide away from reality.

Half-real and half-fable, and redolent with the songs and myths of Rajasthan, Anukrti Upadhyay's Daura announces the arrival of a powerful new literary talent.

Title:Daura: A Novel
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9789353570019
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    Daura: A Novel Reviews

  • Padmaja (thebookishtales)

    I raced through this book in a single sitting. Brilliant writing, stunning prose and an equally engaging story made this book a great read.This book is about a DC (District collector), who is posted i...

  • Mridula Gupta

    A player of the instrument Sarangi bewitched the young Collector in a village in Rajasthan. With him he brings the tales of kings and peasants alike and the story of a Princess so beautiful, she denie...

  • Swati

    I started reading this book and didn't put it down till I finished it. It took me all of 2 hours approximately. So mesmerizing and magical was this tale set in the haunting deserts of Rajasthan. The l...

  • Krutika Puranik

    Daura.~Let me start off by admiring how stunning the cover is. The tree which initially seemed meaningless to me, only made sense once I finished reading the book. Set in Rajasthan, Daura is a story o...

  • Tanuj Solanki

    A District Collector tours a remote location in a tehsil and is consumed by the locals' fables. Something untoward happens to - or, due to - the collector, and an investigation of sorts is set in moti...

  • Richa Bhattarai

    An idealistic District Collector is posted to a remote region in Rajasthan of North India—where he meets mysterious circumstances. Daura, by Anukrti Upadhyay, opens at this point, just as a medical ...

  • Teenu Vijayan

    When times are so bleak, we all need a touch of magic in our lives. Daura proved to be just the book that I needed right now.Set admist an obscure village in Rajasthan, we meet different people throug...

  • Smitha Murthy

    I wish I could have read this in one sitting, lost in the magical world that Anukrti created. Instead, I had to snatch the words from the listless jaws of time while traveling in obscure villages. It...

  • Simran Sharma (Craartology)

    "Perhaps that is so- the truth does not always take you foward, but it can help you see".If I could sum up my understanding of the plot it's these lines quoted from the book.Daura; a tour or a fit is ...

  • Tejaswini

    A young District Collector ( DC) is posted to a rural desert area of Rajasthan. Unlike his predecessors , he strives hard for the upliftment of villagers with empty barren lands. Barring opposition fr...