Shalom India Résidence

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The famous Indian writer, Esther David, was awarded the most prestigious literary prize of India – Sahitya Akademi Puraskar – in 2010 for her novel The Book of Rachel which also won Prix Eugénie Brazier in France.

Shalom India Résidence was published in February 2012 by Edition Héloïse d’Ormesson. After her first novel The Walled City was translated in French as La Ville en ses Murs and after being nominated  in Première Liste de Prix Fémina for the same, Esther David appeared in the French literary scene and has been “favourite” of more and more French readers of Indian contemporary literature.

Shalom India Résidence (originally Shalom India Housing Society in English) is set in a fictional society in Ahmedabad formed after the communal riots of 2002. Drawing readers into the world of a microscopic community, the novel traces misunderstandings between parents and children, lovers and neighbours, in stories that are  hilarious, bitter-sweet as well as heartwarming.

The French reviewers and booksellers, Alain and Christine Londner, have written that Shalom India Residence is constructed in a brilliant manner with Jewish portraits facing a universal predicament of the human situation. It expresses their cross-cultural conflicts as they try to preserve their rites and rituals, a phenomenon faced by most people today, as we lead multicultural lives. It is written in a manner reminiscent of famed French author Georges Perec’s novel La Vie mode d’emploi meaning – Life A User’s Manual.

Alliance Française d’Ahmedabad has organised the book launch of the French version on a Sunday morning at Amit Ambalal’s Heritage Haveli in Ahmedabad. Reading of passages from the book will be rendered in three languages. Esther David herself will read in English, Anne Balaram will read in French and Chintan Pandya in Gujarati.

Date: 17 June 2012 (Sunday)
Time: 11:00 am
Venue: Amit Ambalal’s Haveli, Near St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad.

The entry is free. Invitations  can be collected from the Alliance Française d’Ahmedabad
Interesting links:

Esther David’s website:
Edition Héloïse d’Ormesson:

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Directeur de publication : Délégation Générale de la Fondation Alliance Française en Inde et au Népal

Rédacteur en chef : Laurent Elisio Bordier

Rédacteur/Coordinateur national : Siddharth Bhatt

Rédacteurs, contributeurs : Guillaume, Abhirami, Alexandre, Chintan, Cléa, David, Eleonore, Elie, Kanika, Karine, Nita, Thomas, Malvika, Marie-Joëlle, Meera, Mayuri, Mitushi, Alice, Prutha, Romain, Ritika, Manas, Supriya ...