Sanatan Choudhuri’s Wife

Kamala Das

This is a very, very short story. It spans only two pages but it is worth a read. It is a story of a happily married man named Gopi Menon. But there was slight crack in the otherwise polished glass. Menon’s wife was once sleeping next to him when she called out another man’s name out of no where. This deed done in sleep became the nudging force that compelled Menon to keep a strict... continue reading→


Ambai translated from Tamil by Lakshmi Holmstom

Ambai is, again, one of the feminist writers who has written a lot on the women’s liberation. Kailasam begins beautifully with a distracted woman annoyed by some noise in the house. She owns a dysfunctional refrigerator that makes strange noises and makes pines of ice. The fridge is nicknamed Kailasam for it personifies the epic Kailash Parbat which is covered throughput with ice. Follow The protagonist is reminded of a man who rather inappropriately approached... continue reading→

cover: Kailasam

The Parrots of Desire: 3000 Years of Indian Erotic Writings

by Amrita Narayanan

This book came as a pleasant surprise to me when aleph company offered the Review copy of the book. It must have taken a lot of research from the author to do a collective of writings such as this one. Follow Cover page On the cover is an impression of a flower constructed by humans. This is not very noticeable in the first go but when you do notice it you cannot help but awe... continue reading→

cover: The Parrots of Desire: 3000 Years of Indian Erotic Writings

The Cure

Ginu Kamani

This is a weird story. Much like The Wagon but not quite alike. This is the story of a young girl who cannot stop growing. She does not have any control over it. No one has. She describes her image as I now had to stand far back to see my full frame in the cupboard mirror. My face was no longer in line with the top of the mirror when I stood flush against... continue reading→

cover: The Cure

Three Virgins

Manjula Padmanabhan

This story belongs to the collection ‘Three Virgins and Other Stories’ by Manjula Padmanabhan. I had a pleasant chance of reading this story in ‘The Parrots of Desire’, an anthology by Amrita Narayanan. Three virgins is a simple yet profound story that explicitly talks about the first time sexual experiences of three people. The story is divided into three parts. These parts take place during an especially interesting lifetime of a liberated woman. The first... continue reading→

‘Bu’ or ‘Smell’

Saadat Hasan Manto translated from Urdu by Muhammad Umar Memon

Before the eyebrows raise, I want to make it very clear! I have read Manto before and yes, I have read Toba Tek Singh. It has just been a long time and I wanted to read another story by the author hence I picked this one. The title of the story reads ‘Smell’ but I still like it’s Hindu version better. ‘Bu’ talks a lot about other things than just smell. Bu is a remembrance,... continue reading→

cover: ‘Bu’ or ‘Smell’