PIANO FOR SALE
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© Meher Pestonji 2011
Piano for Sale is a play set in contemporary Mumbai and revolves around two women. When Nina tries to sell her piano she discovers to her horror that the prospective buyer is her old friend Anita, who she hasn’t met for many years. When they meet they discuss their lives. Nina is single while Anita is married with children. As the conversation goes on, you discover why there is animosity and even hatred between the two women. Both were in love with the same man, Amit – who is now Anita’s husband! The truth that they thought they knew changes. Does Amit still have some connection with Nina?
The scene then changes to a time when Anita’s husband has died. Their lives have changed. Anita invites Nina over to her home to show her a letter written by Amit shortly before he died…his last letter…Why has Anita’s daughter gone abroad and has not speak to her father, Amit, for two years before he died?
What effect has this piano had on their lives? This story of two lives reunited because of the sale of a piano shows that the grass is not always greener on the other side...
Meher Pestonji’s beautifully constructed tale of two women and two very dramatic meetings, shows how they are trying to find peace in their lives after each of them has suffered emotionally.
MEHER PESTONJI - Author – Freelance Journalist – Playwright - as a freelance journalist Meher Pestonji participated in the activist movements of her times – the campaign to change rape laws, the campaign for slum-dwellers housing rights, the struggle to create a better understanding of street-kids and their special needs.
The post-Babri Masjid communal riots of the 90s affected her deeply and fuelled her resolve to fight all shades of communalism and parochialism, including those she encountered in her tiny Parsi community.
Disillusioned with the marker-oriented journalism that became fashionable in the years after the Indian economy embraced economic liberalization, she switched to creative writing. Her first book, a collection of short stories ‘Mixed Marriage and other Parsi Stories’ was published in 1999, followed by Pervez, a Novel in 2003, and Sadak Chhaap in 2005.
She has recently completed a novel Ulrike and Neville.