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Ajay Navaria

Ajay Navaria

Ajay Navaria is the author of two collections of short stories, Patkatha aur Anya Kahaniyan (2006) and Yes Sir (2012), and a novel, Udhar ke Log (2008). He has been associated with the premier Hindi literary journal, Hans, and teaches in the Hindi department at Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi.


Unclaimed Terrain

Ajay Navaria

172 pages
Paperback, 17 x 15 cm
Published July 2015
ISBN 9781922146892

Originally written in Hindi, Ajay Navaria’s stories examine the prejudices of India’s caste system, but they speak of inequality wherever it occurs. As complex as they are political, his characters – brahmin or dalit, thakur or mahar – are neither black nor white, neither clearly good nor evil. They evade the determinations of social expectation; they linger in the ‘unclaimed terrain’ between past object and future subject, between caste and democracy.