Sunday, Aug 09, 2020 | Last Update : 08:48 PM IST

138th Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra49026232728117092 Tamil Nadu2850242275754690 Andhra Pradesh2170401296151939 Karnataka164924842322998 Delhi1441271293624098 Uttar Pradesh118038698332028 West Bengal89666630601954 Telangana7751354330615 Bihar7578648673419 Gujarat68855517922604 Assam5549737225132 Rajasthan5065636310776 Odisha4419328698307 Haryana4005433444467 Madhya Pradesh3729827621962 Kerala3312020862107 Jammu and Kashmir2439020862459 Punjab2193014040539 Jharkhand165427503154 Chhatisgarh11408831987 Uttarakhand89015731112 Goa7947559570 Tripura6014408437 Puducherry5123291475 Manipur3635192711 Himachal Pradesh3242201513 Nagaland26888937 Arunachal Pradesh204913263 Chandigarh137482023 Meghalaya10234236 Sikkim8544061 Mizoram5672890
  Books   17 Jul 2019  Twisted tales of life

Twisted tales of life

THE ASIAN AGE. | NIRTIKA PANDITA
Published : Jul 17, 2019, 12:11 am IST
Updated : Jul 17, 2019, 12:11 am IST

With disturbing yet humane portrayals, Prakash Bal Joshi’s short stories are left open to interpretation.

Prakash Bal Joshi
 Prakash Bal Joshi

Noted author and painter Prakash Bal Joshi’s Mirror In The Hall and Other Short Stories is a set of 15 short stories woven around strained relationships, changing values and women empowerment among middle-class people in both rural and urban settings.

Chronicling his four-decade-long observance of shifting dynamics in the society, Joshi’s stories mirror everyday existence. “It gave me in-depth ideas. Though they are not dated but when you read them, the gap of decades is evident. They represent changes taking place in society, attitude, priorities, moral values, and even technology without us being aware of them,” he shares.

 

Originally written in Marathi and translated by Smita Karandikar, most of the characters hail from a middle-class background, “I am trying to explore the minds of my characters. These are not structured, nor do they have end, per se, to the stories. The characters as well as the stories have layers,” stresses the veteran school author.

A reflection of his layered portrayal is seen in Short-term Memory Loss and Raatraani. While the narrations are sensitive, disturbing yet humane, there are unexpected revelations that shock the readers.

“The suspense you find in the plot is the play of mind. In Raatraani, I am explore the mind of a lady who is isolated and who is trying to find an escape from her mundane life through painting. I use words to get into the layer of the story and characters. To create the ambience or visuals of that character or just to let people get the feel of the place,” explains the artist.

 

fMirror In The Hall by Prakash Bal Joshi, Ratna Books, Pp. 214, Rs 399.

As for giving each of his characters or plot a closure, the author believes that it is up to the readers to decide the fate of the character as per their understanding of life.

“I keep the conclusion open-ended. I have been an artist and visualiser and that also comes into my writing. In Raatraani for instance, towards the end, she is attracted to the light from the window. Whether she jumps from there or comes inside is up to the reader to decide,” he declares.

Having said that, the stories are accompanied by graphics done by him. “These are not sketches and I am not depicting the character. I am trying to visualise the story again with just black whites lines and creating a lot of layers within that.  I am just depicting what must be going within the boy’s mind,” he concludes.

 

Tags: short-term memory loss