About the BookAmrita Bhalla reads Deshpande’s works by going beyond the parameters of labels and descriptions and offers for the first time a critical insight into the way Indian women have been represented in recent Indian history and in contemporary India. This study springs from her belief that it is essential to locate and place Indian literary works in the context of the Indian society of which Deshpande writes. Deshpande, a writer who refuses to ‘explain’ or ‘present’ India, has written widely on Indian writing in English, the dilemma of being a woman writer, and the myth and reality of Indian women.About the Author/sAmrita Bhalla teaches English Literature at Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi. Her research interests are in the representation of minorities and women during the colonial struggle for independence and in the shaping of Indian womanhood during colonial times. She has contributed reviews and articles to many journals and has written the Introduction to the Penguin edition of The Collected Short Stories of Shashi Deshpande (2003).