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Sarojini Sahoo's Biography

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Bhubaneswar,Otissa,India
Jul 2008

 Sarojini Sahoo has been enlisted among 25 exceptional women of India by the Kindle magazine of Kolkata, in its March 2010 Issue ( can bee seen at http://www.scribd.com/doc/27460652/Kindle-Small-Book-56-Pages-240210.).  Well known for her frankness, Sarojini Sahoo, is a prime figure and trendsetter of feminism in contemporary Oriya literature. For her; feminism is not a gender problem or any confrontational attack on male hegemony. So, it is quite different from that of Virginia Woolf or Judith Butler. She accepts feminism as a total entity of female hood which is completely separate from the man's world. She writes with a greater consciousness of women bodies, which would create a more honest and appropriate style of openness, fragmentation and non-linearity. Her fictions always project a feminine sensibility from puberty to menopause. The feminine feelings like restrictions in the adolescence, the pregnancy, the fear factors like being raped or being condemned by society and the concept of a bad girl etc always have the thematic exposure in her novels and short stories. Born in a small town of Dhenkanal in Orissa (India), Sarojini has an MA and PhD degrees in Oriya Literature and a Bachelor of Law from Utkal University. She now teaches at a Degree college in Belpahar, Jharsuguda of Orissa. She is the second daughter of Mr.Ishwar Chandra Sahoo and Mrs.(Late) Nalini Devi and has married to Mr.Jagadish Mohanty , a veteran writer of Orissa.and has a son and a daughter. She has been conferred with the Orissa Sahitya Academy Award, 1993, the Jhankar Award, 1992, the Bhubaneswar Book Fair Award and the Prajatantra Award. She has published eight anthologies of short stories and five novels. Recently an English anthology of her translated stories is published by ‘Grassroots' of Kolkata/Bhubaneswar.Her other anthologies are: Sukhara Muhanmuh (1981), NijaGahirareNije (1989), Amrutara Pratikshare (1992), Chowkath (1994), Tarali Jauthiba Durga (1995), Deshantari (1999), and Dukha Apramita (2006). The novels are: Upanibesh (1998), Pratibandi (1999), Swapna Khojali Mane (2000) Mahajatra (2001) and Gambhiri Ghara (2006). She has been widely translated and published in different Indian languages. Her stories have been included in anthologies published by Harper Collins, National Book Trust ,Gnanapith and Sahitya Akademi.Once she was also the editor of Oriya Literary Magazine the Pallaba and fiction oriented English timely journal the Breakthrough. Delhi Doordarshan, the National Channel of India has featured her life style and creations in its special tele-serial "Literary Postcard ."

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Well known for her frankness,Sarojini Sahoo, is a prime figure and trendsetter of feminism in contemporary Oriya literature. For her; feminism is not a gender problem or any confrontational attack on male hegemony. So, it is quite different from that of Virginia Woolf or Judith Butler. She accepts feminism as a total entity of female hood which is completely separate from the man’s world. She writes with a greater consciousness of women bodies, which would create a more honest and appropriate style of openness, fragmentation and non-linearity. Her fictions always project a feminine sensibility from puberty to menopause. The feminine feelings like restrictions in the adolescence, the pregnancy, the fear factors like being raped or being condemned by society and the concept of a bad girl etc always have the thematic exposure in her novels and short stories.

Upcoming Works

She has published nine anthologies of short stories.

Her other Oriya anthologies of short stories are:

Sukhara Muhanmuhin (1981)
NijaGahirareNije (1989)
Amrutara Pratikshare (1992)
Chowkath (1994)
Tarali Jauthiba Durga (1995)
Deshantari (1999)
Dukha Apramita (2006)
Sarojini Sahoo short stories (2006) (ISBN 81-89040-26-X
The most recent selected short stories were translated into English from Oriya and published by Grassroots (Kolkata).

Srujani Sarojini (2008)

She has been conferred with Orissa Sahitya Akademi Award and Bhubaneswar Book Fair award for her short stories collection Amrutara Pratikshare.

Seven novels are published so far:

Upanibesh (1998)
Pratibandi (1999)
Swapna Khojali Mane (2000)
Mahajatra (2001)
Gambhiri Ghara (2005)
Bishad Ishwari (2006)
"Pakshibasa" (2008)
Her novel Gambhiri Ghara proved to be a bestseller in Oriya literature. Her novels have gained a reputation for the frankness about sexuality and of feminist outlook.This novel has been translated in to Bengali(Bangladesh) under the title of "Mithya Gerosthali"(ISBN No :984 404 287-9) and has been published by Anupam prakashani, Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2007 .

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