Sunbeams Through Monsoon Clouds


Author: Vithal Rajan

PB | pp.432 | 2019

This book is an attempt is to revive the earlier tradition of the humourous short story.

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Sunbeams and monsoon clouds are like the light and the dark sides of literary humour,  perhaps, best seen side by side like grecian theatre masks, in short stories, a literary form no longer much in use. From the days of Jonathan Swift to those of PG Wodehouse, humour held a preeminent place in literature. Its short form was perfected by geniuses like Maupassant and Saki, Leacock, and Thurber. Unfortunately, our present times have relegated humour to witless merriment, especially on the screen, while only the literary novel is left to produce contemplation, or a search for meaning.My little attempt is to revive the earlier tradition of the humorous short story, many times not so funny, for its dark side shows through. A short story is sparing in words, and its wit must be delivered with just enough delicacy to make you smile but not to guffaw. And that smile, hopefully, should provoke contemplation about the vicissitudes of life.

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About the Author

Vithal Rajan has been a peace activist all his life. He is a political economist with a doctorate from the London School of Economics. He was a mediator for the Church in Northern Ireland in the 1970s. He was Director of the WWF-International, and first Executive Director of the Right Livelihood Award, Sweden [also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize]. He has founded Indian NGOs working for rural development and communal harmony. He was made an Officer, Order of Canada in 2006 for lifelong service to humanity.


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