Daisy Rockwell is an artist and translator living in the US. Her translations from Hindi and Urdu include Bhisham Sahni's Tamas, Khadija Mastur's The Women's Courtyard, Upendranath Ashk's Falling Walls, and Krishna Sobti's A Gujarat Here, a Gujarat There. Her translation of A Gujarat Here, a Gujarat There was awarded the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Literary Work in 2020.
Pachpan Khambe, Laal Deewaarein
Daisy Rockwell and Mita Vashisht in conversation with Shinjini Kumar
Writer and academic Usha Priyamwada's iconic book, Pachpan Khambe, Laal Deewaarein, originally published in 1961, follows the journey of a young female professor and her role as the sole provider for her family. Translated into English as Fifty-Five Pillars, Red Walls, by writer and translator Daisy Rockwell, the tale poignantly unfurls the physical, mental and social paradigms within which women lock themselves. Together with actor Mita Vashisht and Indian Novels Collective’s co-founder Shinjini Kumar, Rockwell discusses this quietly intense and pathbreaking Hindi novel and the process of bringing it together in the 21st century.