Come along and join us on our new Telegram channel! Telegram is an alternative instant messaging and voice app – pretty similar to WhatsApp ( We will no longer be available on WhatsApp)
Shefali Tripathi Mehta’s Stuck Like Lint could have been an ordinary anthology of stories, except it is not. It is also a story hidden inside the short stories.
Trisha and Debika, are a good writer-editor team, and also very good friends. Suddenly, one day, Trisha disappears, abandoning her editor, Debika, citing a writers’ block. After being MIA for almost a year, Trisha sends across a published book of short stories to Debika. This in turn distresses the latter.
Why did Trisha leave unannounced like this? They were best friends, weren’t they? And yet, Debika feels the urge to read what Trisha has written.
As she goes through the stories, she reminisces about her time with Trisha, their little fights, their love and respect and friendship, about how after a while they could complete each other’s sentences. As she reads the stories, the reader witnesses Debika’s gradual heartbreak.
The reason I praised the format in the beginning was, the author has, on the face of it, written short stories about women and their various journeys, but there emerges from all of these a final story – a sort of culmination of all of them and her relationship with Debika, in one final attempt of a veiled explanation as to why what happened in their lives, really happened in their lives.
Of course that is my interpretation, but that is what was intriguing for me.
All the stories are brilliantly written. You feel the depth of feelings Shefali Tripathi Mehta has poured into each one of them. Generous, easy writing, clubbed with stories from several different lives.
These are fictional women you really do not know, and yet the readers are bound to find a piece of a woman they already know here and there. Women trying to erase memories, women trying to escape their past or sometimes even present, women trying to love with all their heart and failing, many such women. And then there are men in there too, men struggling with patriarchal oppression themselves. The stories are an amalgamation of each moment of our everyday lives – each thought taken and woven into a composition.
If you have a few hours on a warm cozy day or stuck someplace because of the rains, I’d suggest you pick this one up and you’d not be disappointed.
First published by the author on Facebook
If you’d like to pick up Stuck Like Lint by Shefali Tripathi Mehta, use our affiliate links: at Amazon India, and at Amazon US.
Women’s Web gets a small share of every purchase you make through these links, and every little helps us continue bringing you the reads you love!
Top image via author’s website and book cover via Amazon
Women's Web is an open platform that publishes a diversity of views. Individual posts do not necessarily represent the platform's views and opinions at all times. If you have a complementary or differing point of view, sign up and start sharing your views too!
Writes about feminism, books, food and social issues !
A Tale Of Love (An Urban Love Story)
I Will Be My Daughter’s Shero [#ShortStory]
I Am Not Ashamed Of Me [#ShortStory]
Celebrating These Women’s Web Authors Who Got Published In Print In 2016
Get our weekly mailer and never miss out on the best reads by and about women!