‘Ankahi’ highlights the prevalent social and domestic circumstances
in a common middle class family about forty to fifty years back. It
narrates the story of untiring effort of a woman ‘Pushp’ to save her
self respect and grace; and her intense undying desire to change the
disgraceful, insulting and rather pathetic condition of the women in
which they do not have even the right to express, and nobody seems
willing to listen to their plight. The main point bringing ‘Ankahi’ into
the existence is “Please! Somebody should listen to us also.”
Throughout the story, Pushp keeps on raising questions time to time
about the disparities. Somewhere she answers herself and
somewhere she leaves it for the society. Maybe she has not been
able to bring about much changes but it surely is her untiring
‘Bhagirathi prayaas of the Gilahari’.
Born in a middle class family in Bareilly (U.P.) in 1956, Amita Saxena had her graduation in
Science and post graduation in Hindi Literature. She had first introduction of Hindi literature
through her school library. She started writing articles during college days and won first
prize twice in the writing competitions conducted by Manorama, a prestigious and popular
Hindi magazine of that time.
The continuity of writing got disrupted in midst of the family responsibilities after marriage,
but her deep interest in Hindi Literature got more and more enriched with the continued
reading and day to day life experiences. She is now settled in Noida.
This is her first novel, signalling her gracious comeback in the field of writing in Hindi. Her
other interest area are Politics and Indian Philosophy.