In Search of Heer - Manjul Bajaj

In Search of Heer

Manjul Bajaj

Westland Publications

An age-old story of love and betrayal set on the riverbanks of West Punjab

In the village of Takht Hazara, the musically gifted Deedho Ranjha struggles against family and society. He rejects the pursuit of wealth and power as the measure of a man’s worth. In distant Jhang, the spirited Heer Syal is an accomplished warrior who fearlessly challenges the norms of her community. Heer and Ranjha are destined to meet and fall in love—the former chastised for her ‘manly’ pursuits and the latter ridiculed for his lack thereof.

Told from multiple perspectives, set against the lush riverbanks and rugged countryside of West Punjab, this is a wise, passionate and lyrical retelling of one of the subcontinent’s most beloved epics. The book manages to make the reader stay with the characters despite knowing the story through a constant change in points of view, playing with gender and societal norms, and a twist in the end.

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Manjul Bajaj

Manjul Bajaj graduated in Economics from Lady Shriram College and did a Masters in Rural Management from IRMA in Gujarat and a Masters in Environmental Science from the University of London. She worked in the field of environment and rural development before she became a writer. She is the author of Come, Before Evening Falls (shortlisted for the Hindu Literary Prize in 2010) and Another Man’s Wife (shortlisted for the Hindu Literary Prize in 2013). She has also written two books for children—Elbie’s Quest and Nargisa’s Adventures. Her latest novel In Search of Heer was longlisted for the Mathrubhumi Book of the Year 2020 prize and shortlisted for the Auther Awards, 2020.