Ma is Scared
and other stories
Book type: Short Story Collection
Published: 19 Jan 2023
Ma is Scared is the long-overdue debut of Dalit writer Anjali Kajal in English, representing the best of her short fiction, written and published over the last twenty years.
From the anxious mother waiting for her daughter to return home safely, to the young student accused of stealing because of her caste, the stories gathered here explore the experience of women in small towns and urban centres across North India. Kajal writes about desire, abuse, silence, love and oppression in nuanced ways; how they are negotiated in the world; through relationships, family, motherhood, school, university, jobs.
Her language, imagery and concerns are thoroughly contemporary, capturing the yearnings, restrictions and possibilities of modern life from a feminist and anti-caste perspective.
Born in 1978, Anjali Kajal is a short-story writer from Ludhiana, Punjab. Her stories have been published in various literary magazines and publications, including the renowned Hindi monthly magazine Hans. In 2003, she was honoured by Jallandhar for her contribution to Hindi literature.
Translated by Kavita Bhanot
Kavita Bhanot is editor of The Book of Birmingham and Too Asian, Not Asian Enough. Her work has been published, performed and broadcast widely, including the landmark essay ‘Decolonise not Diversify’.