A village woman protests the taboo around menstruation while her husband, the temple priest, hovers between his love for his wife and his dreams for the future. A wife challenges her husband’s memory rather than give in to its loss. A journalist boasts of her social conscience but falls short of social empathy. A romantic adventure into a jungle is haunted by tiger eyes and ghosts of dead tigers. A young man refuses to be bulldozed from one shanty to another, choosing instead, an unconventional place as his permanent abode. A fiery middle-aged woman leads her village as it takes up arms against land mafia and its rape and pillage. Lyrical and hauntingly powerful, these stories explore issues of love, memory, land, uprooting and the spectre of urban and rural violence, delicately but surely breaking down the layers that cover these issues in our conscious minds.
Sucharita Dutta-Asane is an independent books editor; editor, Kitaab International (2017-2019); creative writing faculty and editing at Symbiosis and Flame University.