Trans. by Arunava Sinha

Fiction | In translation | Independent publishing


The plot sounds simple and fun, yet it's a vehicle for exploring identity and existential questions. A young woman becomes convinced that a yogi she meets on the streets is a manifestation of fate and she proceeds to desperately try to prove that her life is controlled by her own will.

The protagonist's identity, relationships and middle-class Kolkata life come into question and ultimately disintegrate as a result of the actions she takes in her pursuit to prove free will.

Titled Axis Press is an independent and not-for-profit publisher translating innovative books that wouldn't otherwise make it into English. The Yogini is the third of Bandyopadhyay's novels to be published by Titled Axis though she is a widely published Bengali author and columnist.

The Yogini - Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay