DANIEL LUBIN reviews Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay’s novel The Yogini. The Yogini is not coy about its themes. Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay’s novel, originally published in 2008 and now translated by Arunava Sinha for Tilted Axis Press, opens with an editorial note on the Indian Shaivite philosophy of ‘niyoti’: fate. The narrative traces the protagonist Homi’s bizarre adventure from a comfortable life to one plagued by uncertainty, propelled by a terrifying obsession with fate, which comes to torment the reader as much as it does the heroine. Reading a book which is so insistently about fate has you always considering what doesn’t happen, alongside what is happening. The Yogini taunts the reader with the frustrating possibility that the plot which they are reading is not necessarily the only one which could have guided the novel. Had fate aligned the words in another order, the story would have been radically different. With every dramatic twist…Continue Reading

The Yogini