Acknowledgements Introduction - Malashri Lal Re-writing Tagore: Translation as performance - Radha Chakravarty MEMOIRS Childhood (from Chhelebela) - Dipannita Datta My life in my words (from Jeevansmriti) - Uma Dasgupta LETTERS To Mrinalini Debi - Malashri Lal To Victoria Ocampo - Ketaki Kushari Dyson To Indira Devi Chaudhurani, Sarojini Naidu, Maria Montessori and Margaret Sanger - Krishna Dutta and Andrew Robinson FROM GITANJALI The child who is decked with prince's robes (No. 8) Where dost thou stand behind (No. 41) I thought I should ask of thee (No. 52) On the slope of the desolate river (No. 64) She who ever had remained in the depth of my being (No. 66) In desperate hope I go and search for her (No. 87) POEMS Bodily union (Deher Milan) - Malashri Lal Woman unclothed (Bibashana) - Malashri Lal Breasts (Staun) - Malashri Lal The kiss (Chumban) - Malashri Lal Elder sister (Didi) - Malashri Lal Dream (Swapna) - Ketaki Kushari Dyson When the ocean of creation (Kon kshane srijaner samudramanthane) - Soham Pain Freedom (Mukti) - Sanjukta Dasgupta Getting lost (Hariye jaoa) - Sanjukta Dasgupta Remembering (Mone pora) - Uma Dasgupta Last spring (Shesh basanta) - Charu Chowdhury The image (Chhabi) - Charu Chowdhury The guest (Atithi) - Soham Pain Woman empowered (Sabala) - Sukanta Chaudhuri Ordinary woman (Sadharan meye) - Jadu Saha Santhal girl (Saontal meye) - Malashri Lal The earth (Prithibi) - Joyasree Mukerji SONGS She sits by the window (O janalar kachhe boshe) - Aruna Chakravarti Friend, dear friend (Olo sai) - Aruna Chakravarti The sky resounds to our Mother's call (Amra milechhi aj mayer dake) - Aruna Chakravarti Whosoever may abandon you (Je tomay chhare chharuk) - Sanjukta Dasgupta Mother, will you send your own son (Ma, ki tui porer dware pathabi) - Sanjukta Dasgupta O auspicious bride (Sumangali badhu) - Malashri Lal Krishnakali (Krishnakali) - Soham Pain I am Chitrangada (Ami Chitrangada rajendro nondini) - Reba Som She who dwelt in secret (Ei sharat alo-r kamol bane) - Aruna Chakravarti EPICS AND MYTHOLOGY A vision of India's history - Rabindranath Tagore Urbashi (Urbashi) - Charu Chowdhury Dialogue between Kama and Kunti (Karna-Kunti sambad) - Ketaki Kushari Dyson Kacha and Devayani (Bidaay abhisaap) - Rabindranath Tagore The mother's prayer (Gandharir abedan) - Rabindranath Tagore PLAY Chitra (Chitra) - Rabindranath Tagore SHORT STORIES Profit and loss (Denapaona) - William Radice The housewife (Ginni) - Soham Pain Kabuliwala (Kabuliwallah) - Malobika Chaudhuri Mahamaya (Mahamaya) - Malashri Lal The girl between (Madhyabartini) - Krishna Dutta and Mary Lago Giribala (Manbhanjan) - Rabindranath Tagore The visitor (Atithi) - Malobika Chaudhuri False hope (Durasha) - William Radice The wife's letter (Streer patra) - Supriya Chaudhuri Haimanti (Haimanti) - Joyasree Mukerji The story of the Muslim woman (Musalmanir galpa) - Swapan Kumar Banerjee ESSAYS, LECTURES AND LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The Indian ideal of marriage - Rabindranath Tagore Woman (from Personality) - Rabindranath Tagore Woman and home - Rabindranath Tagore TRAVELOGUES Epistles from Europe (Europe-probashir patra) - Soham Pain Travel Diary from Japan (Japan jatrir diary) - Soham Pain EPILOGUE The path of your creation (Tomar srishtir path) - Supriya Chaudhuri Index
Malashri Lal is currently the Dean of Colleges, and also the Dean, Academic Activities and Projects at the University of Delhi. She has held other senior administrative positions in the same university, including that of the Head, Department of English (2000-03), Director, Women's Studies (2000-06) and Joint Director, South Campus (2006-11). As a recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright, the British Council, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Shastri-Indo Canadian Institute, she has conducted research in prestigious institutes, including Harvard University, USA, Bellagio, Italy, and Newcastle, UK. Malashri Lal's academic specialisation is in Women and Gender Studies, a subject on which she has written ten books. Her book The law of the threshold: Women writers in Indian English was widely acclaimed. Recently, she has co-edited In search of Sita: Revisiting mythology and Chamba-achamba: Women's oral narratives. She has served on international book award committees, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.