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Wednesday's Featured Play: Rootless but Green Are the Boulevard Trees by Uma Parameswaran

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Wednesday's Featured Play: Rootless but Green Are the Boulevard Trees by Uma Parameswaran

Rootless but Green Are the Boulevard Trees (TSAR Publications) by Uma Parameswaran is a three-act play set in Winnipeg in the late seventies. An Indian immigrant family (the Bharves) is on the brink of coming apart due to a clash of values and ambitions. Sharad (the father), a former scientist, works as a real estate agent; Savitri (the mother) is a teacher; Veejala (the aunt) is a frustrated scientist at the university. Jyoti (the daughter) has a white boyfriend and will probably move out. A crisis occurs as Veejala announces that she is going back to India and Jayant (the son) is packing to go off to Montreal. A phone call comes during this tense situation.

Uma Parameswaran was born in Madras and grew up in Jabalpur, where her father was a Professor of Physics. She received her B.A. from Jabalpur University and her M.A. in English and her diploma in Journalism from Nagpur University. She was a Fulbright Scholar and received an M.A. in Creative Writing (Indiana University) and a Ph.D. in English (Michigan State University, 1972). She has lived in Winnipeg, Canada since 1966. She is currently a Professor of English at the University of Winnipeg. She is married to a mathematician and they have one daughter.

Parameswaran writes from the heart as an Indo-Canadian woman relating life in present day Canada, with all its riches and its flaws.
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