गीताजंली क्ष्री (She was known as Geentanjali Pandey, and she took her mother's first name Shree
as her last name ) (born 1957) is a Hindi novelist and short story writer based in New Delhi
. She is the author of several short stories and three novels. Mai was short listed for the Crossword Book Award in 2001. excerpts from Mai
- Outlook India She has also written a critical work on Premchand.
Geetanjali was brought up in various towns of Uttar Pradesh
, as her father was a Civil Servant
. She claims that it is this upbringing in UP, along with the lack of children's books in English that gave her a rich connection to Hindi.
Her first story, Bel Patra (1987) was published in the literary magazine Hans
and was followed by a collection of short stories Anugoonj
The English translation
of her novel Mai
catapulted her into fame. The novel is about three generations of women and the men around them, in a North Indian middle class family. Mai is translated into Serbian, Korean and German. It has been also translated into Urdu by Bashir Unwan
with preface by Intizar Hussain
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