One Day in the Season of Rain

Dharwadker, Aparna. One Day in the Season of Rain. Penguin Classics, 2015. Print.

In a remote village in the foothills of the Himalayas, a gifted but
unknown poet named Kalidas has nurtured an unconventional
romance with his youthful muse, Mallika. When the royal palace
at Ujjayini offers him the position of court poet, Kalidas hesitates,
but Mallika persuades him to leave for the distant city so that his
talent may find recognition. Convinced that he will send for her,
she waits.

He returns years later, a broken man trying to
reconnect with his past, only to discover that time has passed him
by. Titled Ashadh ka ek din in the original Hindi, Mohan Rakesh’s
play is a poignant story of love, separation, and abandonment,
and a modernist reimagining of the life of India’s greatest classical
poet. The new English translation by Aparna Dharwadker and
Vinay Dharwadker was authorized by the author’s estate, and
contains a full editorial apparatus aimed at readers, teachers,
dramaturgs, and theatre directors.

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