A revelatory work by renowned Hindi author and history enthusiast Dr Natasha Arora, HIDIMBA is an emotional whirlwind that blurs the thin lines between fiction and history. One of the bravest queens of ancient India, Hidimba struggles against the racial and gender prejudices of her time, in many ways echoing the plight of today’s women: battling patriarchal stigma, moral dogma and exclusionary practices.
November 1944-born and a Lucknow University post-graduate, Dr Natasha Arora is a renowned Hindi author. She specializes in sensitive portrayal of feminine struggles and dilemmas, combining literary grace with deep understanding of vicissitudes of a woman’s life. Natasha is a history buff, and has compered and anchored several programs of Lucknow and Ahmedabad stations of Doordarshan. She has won all-India honours including Ratnadevi Samman by Kamala Goenka Foundation, Mumbai and Mahadevi Verma Samman by Uttar Pradesh Hindi Sansthan for YUGANTAR and HIDIMBA, respectively. Her anthologies of short-stories, BAHURANGI and MANRANGI, have won Kamleshwar and other awards. Natasha’s latest novel, MUKTI-BANDHAN, has just been released.