Barsa (novel)

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Book cover
Author Khadija Mumtaz
Country India
Language Malayalam
Genre Novel
Publisher DC Books[1]
Publication date
2007 (2007)
Pages 190
Awards Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award (2010)
ISBN 9788126417254

Barsa is a 2007 Malayalam novel written by Khadija Mumtaz. The story deals with the haunting and agonising questions of Sabida, a devout and educated Muslim lady, a doctor, who spent six years in a hospital in Saudi Arabia. It won critical acclaim for its forceful but humorous presentation of the restrictions under which Muslim women are forced to live and was hailed a milestone in Malayalam literature.[2][3][4] It won many awards including the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award (2010),[5] Cherukad Award (2010) and K. V. Surendranath Literary Award (2008).[6] A Kannada translation of Barsa was released by the Karavali Lekhakiyara Vachakiyara Sangha in February 2012.[7]

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  1. ^ "New Arrivals". The Hindu. 3 June 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Writer felicitated". The Hindu. 21 January 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Barsa—a story unveiling truths". DC Books. 9 March 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  4. ^ Prema Jayakumar (10 January 2010). "The nectar of burning nerves". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Sahitya Akademi fellowships, awards presented". The Hindu. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Surendranath awards". The Hindu. 11 September 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  7. ^ "People cannot forget their roots: Khadija Mumtaz". The Hindu. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2013.