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By the Sabarmati What happens when women decide to shed their inhibitions and speak out about their deepest feelings What stories lie behind their closed doors in the city of Ahmedabad This sparkling collection tells us about the dreams and aspirations the victories and defeats of women on the streets at home In simple unadorned prose Esther David recounts the stories of Maya Desai tormented by the knowledge of her beauty and driven to suicide by a world which refuses to recognize her true self; of Vesti who meets an unlikely saviour after being branded as a witch; of Amina who never steps beyond the threshold of her house but when her family starts to fall apart proves to be a tower of strength; and of Vidya the wife of an itinerant performer who comes across a strange apparition in the course of a somnolent afternoon There are young women and old struggling against disappointment failed love and the death of near ones At times funny at times disturbing these stories are a testament to their heroic and moving endeavour to rise above their limitations Simple short stories Nothing you have heard before Simple but evocative telling Some of the stories have impact The book ends with a rather long story about a Bahurupiya couple which shows her strengths She doesn't create dramatic characters and then pulls their strings She empathizes and gives a voice to ordinaryignored people around her

  • Hardcover
  • By the Sabarmati
  • Esther David
  • English
  • 24 December 2015
  • 9780140278439

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