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The Assamese fiction-writer Prarthana has three publications to her credit. ‘Jatra Enekoye’ (2008) is a compilation of short-stories,‘Platformot EtiyaKono Nai: Kathak, Kahini Aru Ekhon Asamapta Upanyash’ (2009) is her first novel, which reflects on the political aspirations of the young Assamese.Born in the troubled decade of the 1980s, her second novel ‘Jantadhari’ (2011) explores the wide terrain of Shiva tales by contextualising the Hindu god, his incarnations and other characters in the present-day political system. This novel won her Kendra Sahitya Akademi Yuva Purashkar in 2016. Apart from these titles, she regularly writes in leading Assamese literary magazines. She also writes poems in English under the penname Benu Gopal. A trained anthropologist Prarthana is now pursuing her PhD from IIT Guwahati.

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