An Evening in Lucknow, Selected Stories

byK.A. Abbas (Edited by Suresh Kohli)
ISBN-139789350291023 Publication Year2011 PublisherHarper Collins BindingPaperback LanguageEnglish AuthorK.A. Abbas (Edited by Suresh Kohli) Book TitleAn Evening in Lucknow, Selected Stories


In this collection, Abbas brings forth through his stories his rich background in journalism and film-making. The stories here embrace varied themes and contexts, with protagonists from cities and villages. Abbas manages to capture the dilemmas of all his characters, be it a has been Nawab, a nurse or an untouchable in a village. He addresses themes of superstition, caste and romance, each in his own unique and rich style of writing. He writes with equal felicity of a modest young proofreader in Mumbai vying for the attention of a European girl (‘The Umbrella’) and Chanda, an outcaste, old woman in a village (‘Sword of Shiva’). Often satirical and hard-hitting, the stories give the reader a glimpse into Abbas’s social conscience and perhaps his commitment to
progressive causes.

This special edition comes with a PS section that has interviews with the author, a letter from Mulk Raj Anand, and other information that makes it a must-buy for connoisseurs of early Indian writing in English.