Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
First Committee Member
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"Urvashi" is based on the universal theme of an obsessive love of a young man for a young woman. It's a story that's repeated in every age and culture, in the lives of countless young men and women. Porus Chaturvedi, a young "upper-caste" corporate executive in India, decides to pursue, as his "perfect match," a "lower-caste" girl (named Urvashi) not yet out of high school. Complicating this "love affair" are Porus's endless, bookish attempts to theorize life; his recruitment of a disparate band of sympathizers to act as "go betweens" and to help him "strategize"; his erotic fantasies followed by his torturous self-indictment; his inability to face the girl of his dreams outside of those dreams; and, finally, obstructing Porus at every step, the intractable social milieu whose foundation was laid by Porus's own ancestors---the Vedic Brahmins; The story is told in the first person, by Porus himself, recalling events from his life occurring between 1992 and 1997. Eventually, Porus marries a Brahmin girl, the daughter of an ex-soldier and his young second wife.
Novel; Original writing; Urvashi
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Mukundbhai, Dave Anish, "Urvashi: A novel" (2005). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1789.