Author- The Surveyor ( Picador India, 2014) | Pilgrimage (Speaking Tiger, 2018)

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Coming Face To Face With Taboo

The structure of Ira Singh’s new book, Pilgrimage, is hard to pin down. Although the story proceeds in roughly anti-chronological order, the events it focuses on don’t lend themselves to a clean cause-and-effect framing. Instead, one needs to process them in terms of the impact that they have on the narrator’s inner self, and thence on the reader.

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Ira Singh’s Pilgrimage- Gathering Heaps of Broken Images of Memory and Desire

You were right to tell me that in life it is not the future which counts, but the past.”
― Patrick Modiano, Missing Person

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A Novel About One Woman’s Life Becomes a Neat History of Middle-Class Anxiety in India

Ira Singh’s second novel, Pilgrimage tells the story of Monica or Mona, who belongs to western Uttar Pradesh, through three phases of her life and the events that contributed to making her who she is. The three sections, titled “Pilgrimage”, “Transgressions” and “Punishment” take us on a journey through her life in reverse. In this manner, the book allows us to unearth how the life of a woman from the 1980s to present-day India impacts and transforms her existence.

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Along The Contours of History: The Surveyor Reviewed in Biblio

jf15_ar5 (1)-page-001Upon first reading Ira Singh’s debut novel The Surveyor it is possible to think that the title is a misnomer of sorts for the narrative concentrates more on the lives of the two sisters Anushka and Natasha than on the surveying activities of their father Ravinder.

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The Ebb and Flow of Domesticity of Life

New Indian express reviews the surveyorRavinder continues to work longer and harder in the field than he used to, because though he longs for home, he feels a desire to escape as well, to recreate the life he had led as a bachelor. Later he will talk little about the years at field after he got married, it is as though they were private in a way he could not, perhaps,  even have articulated to himself

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Svetlana Lasrado Reviews The Surveyor

The Surveyor review by svetlanaWith beautifully-crafted prose, Ira Singh in her debut book The Surveyor (Picador India), brings to life the story of Ravinder on his years in the Survey of India, albeit through eyes of his child, Natasha. The narrative is a journey in itself-

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The Surveyor Reviewed in The Hindustan Times

review of the surveyor in hindustan timesIn her debut novel, Ira Singh has deliberately picked up metaphors as motifs to narrate a coming of age story, set against the backdrop of partition and independence, and refrained from getting into details that led to these developments to narrate a story of a family.

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Dna review of the surveyorLecturer Ira Singh makes an impressive debut with The Surveyor that tracks the meanings of freedom through a family saga beginning in August 1947, says Kavita Devgan of DNA

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Mapping The Passage of Time: Sakal Times

the surveyor by ira singh picador indiaThe Surveyor, Ira Singh’s debut novel, is both an intimate portrait of family life as well as an exploration of more public histories. The author, who teaches English Literature at Miranda House, Delhi, tells Renu Dhole what drew her to the subject.

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The Surveyor Reviewed by Hersh Bhardwaj

Hersh Bhardwaj reviews Ira Sing's The Surveyor‘Between my finger and my thumb   

The squat pen rests; snug as a gun.

Under my window, a clean rasping sound   

When the spade sinks into gravelly ground:   

My father, digging. I look down

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