Iam immensely grateful to those who read AWorld Elsewhere in its previous incarnations, and offered comments, criticisms, ... A World Elsewhere is dedicated to my family and to the memory of my father whodied in January 2001.
Author: Shanta Acharya
A World Elsewhere is an extraordinary evocation of Indian social life in the 1960s and 1970s. Set in the state of Orissa, the novel depicts the life of the Guru family, especially their daughter, Asha. Intelligent, curious and sensitive, Asha’s happy childhood turns into a lonely and troubled adolescence as her future is mapped out by the social conventions of the day: she will be an educated wife, mother, and housekeeper, married to a man of her family’s choosing. When Asha goes to college, she meets Anand and falls in love with him. Much against the wishes of her family, she marries him—a decision that proves to be disastrous, triggering a series of events that nearly destroys her. We are led through a tragic but redemptive story as Asha, shaped by her unfailing pursuit of love, truth and justice, responds to her unexpected reversal in fortune by seeking a world elsewhere. Exploring notions of love and betrayal, innocence and experience, the choices people make and the role luck plays in life, A World Elsewhere is timeless.