A Day in the Life of Mangal Taram

Paper Type: Book print paper | Size: 216 mm x 140 mm
Black and white ; 204 pages; Flexiback
ISBN-13: 978-93-85285-96-7


Mangal Taram, a Gond tribal boy, is a beat forest guard in the dense and mysterious forest of Central India, spread at the foothills of the Maikal mountain range. While he observes, watches, and keeps record of the wild life, flora, and fauna of the all-encompassing forest, his mind is trapped in inexplicable fear and anxiety. 

At Batasia loop in Darjeeling, a young hill girl Hema, lost in the childhood memories of a middle-aged man resurfaces and transforms his life irreversibly. 

A possessive lover and a ruthless husband treasures his first love, in the brick and mortar cage of his ancestral house. 

Anita Agnihotri’s stories traverse a wide range of human emotions, discovers the myriad complexities of relationships, and also takes the reader through a journey into the dynamics of an Indian reality, where the unheard voices still wait to be deciphered by a sensitive writer. A Day in the Life of Mangal Taram is a careful selection of 14 stories out of over 200 short stories written by Anita Agnihotri spanning over three decades. 


Anita  Agnihotri
Anita Agnihotri

Anita Agnihotri’s literary oeuvre spans across all genres—poetry, novels, writing for children, and critiques of development; but short story is the genre that stimulates her creative vein the most. Anita’s writing explores the vast and complex Indian reality, many facets of human relations, and brings out the unheard voices of the marginalized and the underprivileged and has been translated into several Indian languages, in English, and also in German and Swedish. She has authored over 30 volumes by now and has received several awards, including the Bangiya Sahitya Parishad felicitation, the Sarat PuraskarPratibha Basu Sahitya Puraskar, and the Bhuban Mohini Dasi Gold Medal by the University of Calcutta. She returned the Bangla Academy literary award in protest over the killing of innocent protesters in Nandigram, West Bengal. 


Rani  Ray
Rani Ray

Rani Ray has taught English at the University of Delhi, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, and Institute of English Studies at Lodz (Poland). She has translated many short stories and novels from Bengali to English. She is currently an editor with Tulika Books, Delhi.