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'Debut novel set between Indian and Australia. Tillie and Milan, Australian citizens, are visiting Milan's extended family in India when they are kidnapped by robbers. In a cave away from civilization they wait to be rescued by Milan's family. In the enforced isolation Tillie must come to terms with her suspicions and jealousies and Milan must face childhood issues. Explores themes of loss and discovering identity in a land of magic and misconceptions. Author, who lives in Melbourne, is part of an extended Indian-Bengali family living in Australia, the United States, Britain and India.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 2002 .
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      Extent: 308p.
      ISBN: 0330363611

Works about this Work

Les Murray in a Dhoti : Transnationalizing Australian Literature Paul Sharrad , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 25 no. 1 2011; (p. 39-36)
'India has faced a similar challenge in establishing the serious study of its own writing in English, one made more problematic by the battle not only to overcome ingrained colonial prejudice against that writing as second-hand imitations of British literature, but because of the resistance from nationalist critics championing writing in the autochthonous languages of the subcontinent. The tactical solution amongst academics in Australia has been in part to accept the consolidation of the field in the national context and to look beyond the national to historical complex networks of literary production and circulation under Empire and to current networks of diasporic movements in and out of Australia. Among other things Sharrad shares that the current calibration of research publications in Australia and the allocation of research grants threaten steadily to concentrate resources around a few key international journals and narrow interpretations of the national interest.' (Editor's abstract)
Oh! Incredible India : Matilda's Exotic Indian Safari in a Hindustan Contessa Sanjukta Dasgupta , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hecate , vol. 34 no. 1 2008; (p. 175-184)
'Jane Watson's Hindustan Contessa published in 2002, may be regarded as a fictionalized cultural travelogue that internalizes 'the license of a traveller', for the narrative is deeply subjective and problematic, resonant as it is with the cultural negotiator's confused responses to indigenous customs and lifestyles. The narrative represents the confiictual tensions and bi-cultural stress between two racially distinct individuals who bond emotionally vwthin the enclosed space of the domestic. So the marriage of the white Australian woman to Milan, an Asian/Indian/Bengali immigrant who is now an Australian citizen is a political experience, heralding transcultural and transnational identities.' (Introduction)
Australians in Other Places Susan Holmes , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 169 2002; (p. 142-144)

— Review of Jazz Tango Tracy Ryan , 2002 single work novel ; Borrowed Eyes Saskia Beudel , 2002 single work novel ; Llama for Lunch Lydia Laube , 2004 single work autobiography ; Hindustan Contessa : A Novel Jane Watson , 2002 single work novel
Untitled Josephine Padula , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 16 no. 3 2002; (p. 61)

— Review of Hindustan Contessa : A Novel Jane Watson , 2002 single work novel
Home Brew Peter Pierce , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 27 August vol. 120 no. 6339 2002; (p. 66)

— Review of Hindustan Contessa : A Novel Jane Watson , 2002 single work novel ; Carrion Colony Richard King , 2002 single work novel ; Of a Boy Sonya Hartnett , 2002 single work novel ; I'm a Believer Jessica Adams , 2002 single work novel ; Borrowed Eyes Saskia Beudel , 2002 single work novel
An Indian Tale of Suspense and Passion Claudia Hyles , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 6 July 2002; (p. 16)

— Review of Hindustan Contessa : A Novel Jane Watson , 2002 single work novel
Tillie's Pungent Romance Tony Maniaty , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 13-14 July 2002; (p. 10-11)

— Review of Hindustan Contessa : A Novel Jane Watson , 2002 single work novel ; And in the Morning G. M. Hague , 2002 single work novel ; A Few More Minutes with Monica Vitti : Short Stories Anamaria Beligan , 1998 selected work short story ; Land of Gold and Silver Louise Zaetta , 2002 single work novel
Hackneyed of Hindustan Thuy On , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 21 July 2002; (p. 10)

— Review of Hindustan Contessa : A Novel Jane Watson , 2002 single work novel
Paperbacks Katharine England , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 3 August 2002; (p. 11)

— Review of Murder in Montparnasse : A Phryne Fisher Mystery Kerry Greenwood , 2002 single work novel ; The Home Crowd Graham Kershaw , 2002 single work novel ; Hindustan Contessa : A Novel Jane Watson , 2002 single work novel
Home Brew Peter Pierce , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 27 August vol. 120 no. 6339 2002; (p. 66)

— Review of Hindustan Contessa : A Novel Jane Watson , 2002 single work novel ; Carrion Colony Richard King , 2002 single work novel ; Of a Boy Sonya Hartnett , 2002 single work novel ; I'm a Believer Jessica Adams , 2002 single work novel ; Borrowed Eyes Saskia Beudel , 2002 single work novel
Oh! Incredible India : Matilda's Exotic Indian Safari in a Hindustan Contessa Sanjukta Dasgupta , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hecate , vol. 34 no. 1 2008; (p. 175-184)
'Jane Watson's Hindustan Contessa published in 2002, may be regarded as a fictionalized cultural travelogue that internalizes 'the license of a traveller', for the narrative is deeply subjective and problematic, resonant as it is with the cultural negotiator's confused responses to indigenous customs and lifestyles. The narrative represents the confiictual tensions and bi-cultural stress between two racially distinct individuals who bond emotionally vwthin the enclosed space of the domestic. So the marriage of the white Australian woman to Milan, an Asian/Indian/Bengali immigrant who is now an Australian citizen is a political experience, heralding transcultural and transnational identities.' (Introduction)
Les Murray in a Dhoti : Transnationalizing Australian Literature Paul Sharrad , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 25 no. 1 2011; (p. 39-36)
'India has faced a similar challenge in establishing the serious study of its own writing in English, one made more problematic by the battle not only to overcome ingrained colonial prejudice against that writing as second-hand imitations of British literature, but because of the resistance from nationalist critics championing writing in the autochthonous languages of the subcontinent. The tactical solution amongst academics in Australia has been in part to accept the consolidation of the field in the national context and to look beyond the national to historical complex networks of literary production and circulation under Empire and to current networks of diasporic movements in and out of Australia. Among other things Sharrad shares that the current calibration of research publications in Australia and the allocation of research grants threaten steadily to concentrate resources around a few key international journals and narrow interpretations of the national interest.' (Editor's abstract)
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