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Queen Mother Kunti reflects on her life as a pawn in the hands of time. A revolutionary warrior mulls over the choices she has made. A tree talks to her daughter in a dystopian future. Draupadi tells her mother-in-law to speak up. A woman beats up an abusive husband. Or does she? These 15 stories by women reflect some of the quiet joys as well as deepest fears of Indian women today.
Drawing inspiration from leading contemporary female authors in India today, including Anuja Chauhan, Anita Nair, Jaishree Misra and Jhumpa Lahiri, every month, readers of Women’s Web (www.womensweb.in), a digital platform that tells women’s stories, sent in their own writing. These 15 shortlisted stories represent the very best of the short fiction published on the site in 2016. These stories that emerge from the reality of women’s lives will resonate with women and men everywhere.
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In this collection of 18 highly readable short stories from 15 talented writers, you will find women who refuse to apologise for their beliefs, their stances and their actions, even if some of those are not quite what others expect. It may take them a little while to get to that point, but they do, […]
Raised as ‘good girls’, we are often told that we must know our place, we must stay quiet to ‘avoid trouble’, and of course, that men don’t like ‘too bold’ women. Indian women today are breaking all those norms and stereotypes, by speaking up! This powerful collection of short stories by some of the most […]