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Pyaasa & Letters to My Grandma

Pyaasa & Letters to My Grandma

By Anusree Roy
Introduction by Thomas Morgan Jones
Subjects: Family Life, South Asian Canadian Playwrights, Solo Shows, Theatre for Young Audiences, By Age — 15–18, Ontario Playwrights, Women Writers, (Im)migration
Casting: 1 f
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780887549113, 96 pages, April 2010
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770912274, 96 pages, April 2010
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369102607, 250 pages, April 2010


  • Winner, Dora Mavor Moore Award—Outstanding New Play 2007


Set in Calcutta, Pyaasa tells the story of Chaya, an eleven-year-old untouchable who dreams of nothing more than learning her times tables. When Chaya's mother begs a woman from a higher caste to give Chaya a job at a local tea stall, Chaya's journey from childhood to adulthood begins and ends over ten days. A moving and heartfelt play, Pyaasa illustrates with subtlety and nuanced truth the inequalities and injustices that persist through the Indian caste system.

In the haunting Letters to My Grandma, Malobee unearths letters detailing her grandmother's fight to survive the 1947 partition of India, which resonates with Malobee's own struggles to create a new life in present-day Toronto. A grand multi-generational tale of hatred, regret, love, and forgiveness, Letters to my Grandma weaves the remarkable stories of these two women together, inextricably linking their histories and delving into how the hatred bred between Hindus and Muslims in the Old World consumes families in Canada today.


"Her script is direct and passionate, and her performance is spine-tinglingly alive and confident."

- NOW Magazine

"Letters to My Grandma is a courageous and honest portrayal of loneliness, regret, forgiveness, and the divide between immigrant youth and the loved ones they leave behind."

- Experience Toronto