Book Review – The Secret Diary of Kasturba

Published on Women’s Web.

The Secret Diary of Kasturba by Neelima Dalmia Adhar is a fictional chronicle of the life of Kasturba Gandhi, the wife of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The book follows the life of the characters, Mohandas and Kastur from their birth, through their child marriage, the birth of their children and grandchildren, until the very end of their lives. Mohandas is seen through the eyes of his wife, Kastur.

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Book Review: Kunti’s Confessions & Other Short Stories

‘Kunti’s confessions & other short stories’ is a compilation of 15 extra ordinary stories from the ordinary lives of women.

For generations, women have been conditioned to not express themselves. But every woman has a story to tell. Whether she is a mythological character, a fairy tale protagonist, a veteran actress, a middle-aged widow or a domestic helper. Kunti’s confessions & other stories is a collection of 15 such short stories, inspired by a cue from the books written by popular authors. It is amazing to see that a one line cue, and a mundane situation could be transformed into a saga when told from the eyes of beautifully etched characters.

The language of the book is simple and the narrative is engaging. Each story is refreshingly original. Editors, Aparna Vedapuri Singh and Sandhya Renukamba have done a brilliant job selecting stories that are all different from each other, and yet unified along the central theme of depicting a woman’s emotion – raw and candid.

For those of us who do not find the time to read novels, this one is perfect with each story being short and unrelated. Even if you read just a couple of stories in continuation, it will certainly quench your pursuit for good writing!

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The Bridal Pyre – Nainam Dahati Pavakah – Book Review

According to a very regressive Indian saying, a married woman who leaves her father’s house in a doli, should only come back in an arthi. What this means is that once married, a woman should never return to her parents’ house and that she shall leave her matrimonial home only in the event of her death. Probably this saying is taken much too literally when a woman escapes to her parents’ home in a battered state, after being dragged through hell by her husband and in-laws.

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Book Review – One Indian Girl by Chetan Bhagat

Some filmmakers aspire to change the world with what they consider meaningful cinema. Others make unapologetically silly and senseless movies that are meant just for entertainment. At least the latter know their product well. But what happens when an author (whose books are like reading a Bollywood movie) “believes that he has tried to hold a ‘mirror to the society’ and those who have criticized him for his views on women, don’t get ‘what real feminism is’?”

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Walking Towards Ourselves: Indian Women Tell Their Stories [#BookReview]

Originally published on Women’s Web

Every woman has a journey and a story to tell. Walking Towards Ourselves is a kaleidoscope of such journeys capturing the experiences of diverse women in India.

Compiled and edited by Catriona Mitchell, these compelling short stories by eighteen contemporary female authors of myriad ages, social and financial backgrounds in India, the book entails diverse perspectives on issues women face every day – dating, career, patriarchy, abuse, feminism, sexuality, marriage and abuse, etc. Every reader would certainly relate to something from among these.

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