Mee and Juhibaby

Mee and Juhibaby

Susmita Mukherjee

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(Paperback | ISBN 9789388070874 | 280 pp | Oct 2018)

Summary

Mee’s mother, Juhibaby, is the unwanted child of constantly travelling jatra artistes in rural Bengal. Growing into a ravishing sixteen-year-old, she is married off to a family in distant New Delhi, where Mee is born. Mee’s life is a far cry from Juhibaby’s, as she grows up in a respectable middle-class family and goes to an upmarket convent school. But what she inherits from her mother is a love of acting. She follows her star to Mumbai, where she becomes a successful Bollywood actress. But a failed marriage and a bruising rejection by a movie mogul derails her into a world of alcohol, promiscuity and obesity.
As she struggles to make a living as a TV writer, Mee gets to know that the mother from whom she has long been estranged is now blind and ailing, in an old age home. Mee rescues her, and mother and daughter find it in their hearts to forgive each other and forge a sort of bond before Juhibaby’s days come to an end.
In this accomplished debut novel, Susmita Mukherjee gives her characters


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‘[Mukherjee] captures with sensitivity and humour the fragile equations in a marriage, between mothers and daughters, friends and lovers—and equally, the world of Hindi cinema. This is also the tale of four cities—Benares, New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. A rich and engrossing saga.’—Shabana Azmi


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About the author

Susmita Mukherjee

Susmita Mukherjee is an actor. A graduate of the National School of Drama, she has done pioneering work in her thirty-five-year-long career in theatre, films and television. She founded the Natak theatre company in 1988 and her script, Nati, has played to full houses at Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai and elsewhere. She has acted in […]

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