Kabir The Weaver-poet


Author: Jaya Madhavan

9788181461681 | PB | pp. 144 | 2006 | Tulika Publishers

This brilliant novel captures the essence of the weaver-poet, Kabir, blending high drama and philosophy at a thriller-like pace.

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Mystic weaver, radical reformer, loved and hated equally in his time . . . the simple wisdom of his pithy couplets, the famous dohas, makes him one of the most frequently quoted poets even today. Yet Kabir the person remains an enigma.

This brilliant novel traces one day in Kabir’s life, from Daybreak through Midday to Nightfall. Threading fact, legend and poetry into a superbly structured narrative, it etches Kabir’s compelling persona against the backdrop of fifteenth century Banaras, a period that mirrors quite remarkably our own troubled times. Spare visuals before each section continue Kabir’s own favourite metaphor of weaving, a delicate tapestry of the city unravelling as the day progresses. This is a landmark in contemporary writing for young readers and old, thrilling yet gently emotive, incredibly blending high drama with the mesmerising calm of Kabir’s beliefs.

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About the Author

The author is a poet, an award winning children’s novelist, comic strip writer and lately an illustrator too. Her first book for children Sita and the Forest Bandits won the first prize in the Children Book Trust’s All India Competition for Writers of Children’s Books (2001). Her second book for young adults Kabir the weaver-poet is a research backed novel published by Tulika, Chennai. Her short stories and poems for adults have been published in Unisun’s anthologies and in the South Asian Literary journal.


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