Boats on Land is a unique way of looking at India’s northeast against a larger
historical canvas—the early days of the British Raj, the World Wars, the
missionaries and conversions to Christianity.
This is a world in which the everyday is infused with folklore and an unshakeable
belief in the supernatural. Here, a girl dreams of being a firebird. An artist watches
souls turn into trees. A man shape-shifts into a tiger. Another is bewitched by
water fairies. Political struggles and social unrest interweave with fireside tales and
Winner of the Sahitya Academy Yuva Puraskar Award, Janice Pariat quietly
captures our fragile and awkward place in the world.