Hope is a Girl Selling Fruit (Paperback)

Amrita Das, Gita Wolf, Suseela Varadarajan

In the light of continuing debates on Indian women’s mobility and choices, young Mithila painter from Bihar, India, Amrita Das offers a disarmingly fresh perspective on being female and an artist in the making. Her visual tale is gentle yet resolute, the art treading a fine balance between tradition and innovation. In the process, she manages to steer the Mithila tradition of women’s art away from the domesticity of its origins to actually questioning the traditional confines of women’s lives. Hope is a Girl Selling Fruit is a reflective account of a young woman’s thoughts and feelings as she comes into contact with the larger world. Ideal reading for young people, grappling with issues of adolescence, identity and freedom.

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Weight 350.0 g
Dimensions 220 × 240 mm








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An arresting autobiographical book with illustrations as exact as embroidery… written with rare sincerity, vulnerability and poise.

Das debuts with illustrations ... paired to a brief text—part memoir, part artist’s statement—on women’s personal journeys.

A tribute to women’s mobility and choices.

Impossibly wonderful from cover to cover, both as an aesthetic experience and an emotional journey.

Das’s memoir spills over the boundaries and scope of typical picture books, and her honesty and empathy are instantly palpable.

Animals and birds, an integral part of the Mithila painting, share the frames with stylized depictions of everyday details.

Das explores through the Mithila aesthetic what it is to be a woman in contemporary northern India.

Amrita Das

Amrita Das is a young artist working within the Mithila style of folk painting. Mithila art originated from women in rural communities in the state of Bihar, in eastern India. Women from these communities traditionally decorate the floors and walls of their homes with strong, traditional designs and symbols.

Rathna Ramanathan

Designer Rathna Ramanathan has steered the design philosophy of Tara since the very beginning. In the process, she can be said to have pioneered innovative children’s book design in India. Her main interest is in typography as well as in changing the form of the book. She runs minus9, her own graphic design studio, and is currently the Head of Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art, London. Click here to discover her other Tara Books.

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