Anamika’s the kind of girl her traditional peers aren’t quite sure about: is the sexually precocious heroine of Dawesar’s second novel (after. Sexy, surprising, and subversively wise, Babyji is the story of Anamika Sharma, a spirited student growing up in Delhi. At school she is an ace at quantum. Abha Dawesar is a novelist and an artist. New York’s weekly magazine Time Out listed Abha Dawesar as one of 25 people who will make their Babyji,

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It has no character development, no forward movement for our protagonist, and no point to the story. She prefers “Sheela’s smoothness to Vidur’s hairiness,” sees herself as predator Humbert Humbert and all-too-willing victim rolled into one, and as a grown-up wants to have “a big harem full of women”.

Preview — Babyji by Abha Dawesar. She is a very boy-ish girl, both in appearance and in the roles she wishes to play. Anamika’s parents even let her go on a short holiday to Kasauli with India and two of her friends.

I can see from the reviews that it’s controversial read, and that’s understandable. I wanted her to think of me daaesar a mature, dependable, solid man. Abha Dawesar is a novelist and an artist. I bit them harder than everything else because they were the roundest and most applelike.


Other editions – View all Babyji: I loved this story. Anamika was beyond her years in one way but to ahead of herself in others. But she was also naive at some moments, tender at others, headstrong and very adolescent at still others. Apr 12, Marie rated it liked it Shelves: I didn’t like this story because of the above reasons.

Babyji by Abha Dawesar

I wasn’t slow, the way I had been with India and Dawesra. And I found the portrayal of her mix of awareness and ignorance about class and caste privileges convincing. Babyji was such a contradiction in terms, conveying too much respect that the age of a child doesn’t warrant.

Apr 29, Sally rated it really liked it Shelves: India is a lush and beautiful country, like Babyji itself. There is some non-consensual sex in the book: This page was last edited on 29 Decemberat It’s quite a feat on the part of the author that she managed to make a story about an Indian lesbian teenage Lothario pedestrian and boring.

Aug 29, Jagriti rated it did not like it. A Novel Abha Dawesar Limited preview – Mar 13, Jennifer added it Babyjk This is the tale of Anamika maturing into an adult as she learns to take responsibility for her life. Apr 07, Gina rated it it was ok. I love everything about this book. It was not permissible.


What an amazing novel about a sixteen-year-old girl who has affairs with a girl in her class, her maid, and a woman her parents’ age.

Oct 24, Mandi rated it really liked it Shelves: Account Options Sign in. Jun 18, Jodi rated it really liked it Shelves: The author of several books of fiction, Dawesar has also published short stories in anthologies and articles.

About Abha Dawesar

A Hindi film hero except with more intelligence, wisdom, and good sense, which those machos lacked. The three simultaneous ” affairs ” she has in the course of the novel are all secret, and all with abga of her own gender: I had to go online and check various reviews and page counts to make sure my copy hadn’t been missing the last page!

Caste is a recurring theme here, not least because Rani, another of Anamika’s loves, is a lower-caste servant rescued by Anamika from an abusive husband.