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Language is not just a vehicle to convey a message, it’s a complete entity in its own right", says Geentanjali Shree, a statement that reverberates on each page of her masterful novel Tomb of Sand. Translated into English from the original Hindi in 2021 by Daisy Rockwell, the book paints a vibrant picture of a joint family in northern India with Ma, an obstinate octogenarian, stealing the limelight. The prose is playful throughout yet contains an undeniable profundity, blurring both linguistic and national boundaries with a mesmerising flourish.

Tomb of Sand; Geetanjaali Shree

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