Raji Narasimhan Writer, Translator and Journalist
Raji Narasimhan, born in 1930, took to full-time writing in the late 1960s, after quitting journalism (The Indian Express, New Delhi). She writes fiction, literary criticism and translates from Hindi and Tamil into English. Her book Sensibility under Stress: Aspects of Indo-English Writing (1976) was shortlisted for the Sahitya Akademi Award. The second of her five novels, Forever Free (1979), was also shortlisted for the Sahitya Akademi Award, and was on the English Literature syllabus of IIT, Delhi, all through the 1980s and part of the 1990s. She has two collections of short stories: The Marriage of Bela and Other Stories (1978) and The Illusion of Home (2007).
Her translations include Unarmed (1998) of Rajee Seth’s Hindi novella Nishkavach, Alma Kabutari (2006) of Maitreyi Pushpa’s Hindi novel of the same title (shortlisted for the Crossword Translation Award in 2007) and Not Without Reason and Other Stories (2012) of Rajee Seth’s Hindi stories Akaran to Naheen.