Ships That Pass

by Shashi Deshpande

  1. ISBN: 978-81-291-1958-2
  2. Pages: 144 pages
  3. Date: May 2012


Ships That Pass tells the story of Tara and Shaan, near strangers to each other after fourteen years of being married, and Tara’s sister, Radhika, recently engaged, almost on a whim, to someone she barely knows. Even as Radhika tries to understand how a once ideal marriage has come undone, and struggles with her own feelings for an older man, tragedy strikes: Tara dies in mysterious circumstances and Shaan is arrested for murder. In the aftermath, Radhika realizes that while life may seldom turn out as expected, the only hope lies in finding the courage to take one’s chances.
A meditation on the nature of love and marriage, this subtle novella is vintage Shashi Deshpande.
‘[A] mesmerizing writer. . .you can never walk away from her stories.’
—Hindustan Times


Shashi Deshpande, daughter of the renowned Kannada dramatist and Sanskrit scholar Shriranga, was born in Dharwad. She studied economics in Mumbai, then moved to Bangalore, where she gained a degree in law. Her writing career began in 1970, initially with short stories, of which several volumes have been published. She is also the author of eight novels, the best known of which are That Long Silence, which won the Sahitya Akademi award and is considered a landmark in Indian writing in English; The Dark Holds No Terror; Small Remedies; Moving On; and The Country of Deceit.

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