In the autumn of 2006, when ‘Savant Aunty Ki Ladkiyan’ (Aunt Savant and Her Daughters), the first novella of Geet Chaturvedi published in the esteemed literary magazine ‘Pahal’, it made a splash in the world of Hindi letters. Gyan Ranjan, the veteran short story writer and editor of the magazine wrote while praising Geet’s mastery over the art of fiction, “Savant Aunty Ki Ladkiyan’ created a stir and woke up the slumberous gentry of Hindi literature. It raised a new expectation and belief in the readers. Geet is known for his delicate tracery of words as well as his fragrant poetic prose.”
The whole buzz was almost replicated by the end of 2007, when Geet’s third novella ‘Sahib Hai Rangrez’ appeared in the reputed ‘Tadbhav’ magazine. Its editor and veteran short story author Akhilesh exclaimed, “Geet Chaturvedi is a rare contemporary writer and ‘Sahib Hai Rangrez’ is an achievement.”
‘Savant Aunty Ki Ladkiyan’, a collection of three novellas, unfolds against a backdrop of gritty, middle class, provincial Mumbai. In the book, love is the centrifugal force; the women are ticklish and fragile but unflinching and audacious; at times self-destructive like kamikaze pilots. On the contrary, the men are naive, cunning and ballyrag. A literary trendsetter, ‘Savant Aunty Ki Ladkiyan’ is a dark, funny and emotional tribute to the city of Mumbai.