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Vijay Dan Detha, shown here with translator Christi A. Merrill, is one of India's leading story writers and among the most eminent writing in Rajasthani today. Winner of a Sahitya Akademi award, he is co-founder with Komal Kothari of the Rupayan Samsthan, an institution that documents Rajasthani folklore, art and music. He is the author of Baatan ri Phulwadi (A Garden of Tales), a fourteen-volume collection of stories that draws on the folklore and spoken dialects of Rajasthan. Several collections of Dan Detha's stories (including Uljhan and Duvidha) have been translated into Hindi by the poet Kailash Kabir, where they have enjoyed wide critical acclaim.