A collection of bold, contemporary, and unique stories, told from a woman's gaze.
The body was the only truth she knew. It was the body alone that was left, even as she went beyond the body. Journeys form the leitmotif of these astonishing new stories by Ambai. Sometimes culminating in an unconventional love affair, some are extraordinary tales of loyalty and integrity; others touch on the almost fantastic, absurd aspect of Mumbai. Yet others explore the notion of a wholesome self, and its tragic absence at times.
These stories are illuminated by vivid and unusual characters: from an eccentric, penurious singer-couple who adopt an ape as their son, to a male prostitute, who is battered by bimbos for not giving full satisfaction. Crucially, some of the stories, like the title one, engage uninhibitedly with a woman's relationship to her body. For Ambai, feminist par excellence, the sensual body, experienced as a natural landscape changing with age, is at the same time, the only vehicle of life and tool for mapping the external world.
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Life through journeys
I will be listening to this book again. Some short stories and a couple of novellas all touching on various aspects of quotidian life, the power relations -- but told through rich stories that are interesting stories as well. So need to listen again to appreciate the various depths of themes.
'She'. I can't say why without giving something away so prefer not to say why.
She has a lovely rich voice -- would love to hear more stories read by her.
No -- it's lovely in small doses.
- Lotika Singha