Interleaves: Ruminations on Illness and Spiritual Life


Author: Lata Mani

9789380403182 | PB | pp. 144 | 2011 | Yoda Press

Interleaves invites the reader to join the author as she witnesses, honors, grieves and celebrates her experience, and in the process radically revises her prior sense of the very meaning, purpose and promise of life.

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Interleaves is a paean to the transformative potential of catastrophic life changes. It records the twin journeys in Lata Mani’s life in the wake of a head injury she sustained in 1993: her baptism of fire into disability and her spontaneous awakening to Devi, the Divine Mother, in context of this crisis. Through contemplative writing, poetry and cultural criticism of the way society perceives illness, it invites the reader to join her as she witnesses, honors, grieves and celebrates her experience, and in the process radically revises her prior sense of the very meaning, purpose and promise of life.

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About the Author

Lata Mani is a feminist historian, cultural critic, contemplative writer & filmmaker.

She has published books and articles on a broad range of issues, from feminism and colonialism, to illness, spiritual philosophy and contemporary politics. She was raised in Mumbai (then Bombay), entered her teens in London where she completed high school, and did her undergraduate degree in Political Science at Delhi University (1974). She subsequently worked as a media planner in the UK and in India. Her involvement in the autonomous women’s movement in India in the early 1980’s prompted her return to graduate school. She received an M.A. in Comparative World History (1983) and a Ph.D in History of Consciousness (1989) at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She was on the faculty of Women’s Studies at the University of California, Davis, when a head injury in 1993 catapulted her into the world of illness and disability. This experience inaugurated a new phase of physical, intellectual and spiritual transformation, deepening previous commitments to social justice in unanticipated ways. Since then her writing has drawn on secular as well as contemplative frameworks in addressing pressing sociocultural issues. More recently she has allowed herself the pleasure of moving beyond text to experiments with image and sound. Her films include several collaborations with Nicolás Grandi.


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