Meet Dr Saheb, and the distinctive family members of Geeta Sadan from the neo modern small town of Patna. An upper middle-class nuclear family with incessant, pertinent middle-class issues. The eldest grown-up daughter who stays secluded, unmarried, the second daughter who’s guileless, eager to marry and the youngest daughter who’s too boisterous to marry and settle down. A son who’s the youngest and too busy cracking jokes and a mother who’s straight out of an Indian daily soap, struggling with the side effects of menopause and the pressure of marrying off three daughters. This clan will tug your heart strings with emotions of love, laughter, sorrows, and joy. So come and meet them today at Patna- 800020, as a gripping family drama unfolds.
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PATNA 800020 is a short story by Daisy Bala, who is well-versed in writing prose as well as poems in both Hindi & English languages. She was a finalist in the Orange Flower Awards for Hindi poetry in 2020.
The story is set in the year 2021 in the neo modern small town of Patna; more precisely, in the Pathar Wala Gali(a) of Kankarbagh whose pincode is 800020. Hence, the title is Patna 800020.
It is the story of an upper middle-class nuclear family with a father, mother, their three daughters, & a son. The story revolves around the pressure of marrying off the three daughters. It reminded me of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
Characterization is thoughtfully done. Characters are relatable and will give you a feeling of familiarity.
The writing style is sharp, vivid, crisp, & a bit satirical too. The use of Bihari dialect adds an additional charm to it.
The story touches the issues of dowry, caste, preference of external beauty over internal, eve teasing, relationship of older woman with a younger man, identitylessness of women, etc.
It's an entertaining story capable of stirring emotions of all sorts.
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