Sub Title: The Language of Desire
Author: Sreemoyee Piu Kundu
Overview of the book:
Strapped for 15 years in the stranglehold of a dead marriage and soulless household domesticity, the beautiful, full-bodied and passionate Meera Patel depends on her memories and flights of fancy to soothe the aches that wrack her body to quieten an unquenchable need. Until one cataclysmic day in Mumbai, she finally breaks free…
Bold, brazen and defiant, Sita’s Curse looks at the hypocrisy of Indian society and tells the compelling story of a middle-class Indian housewife’s urgent need for love, respect and acceptance.
Sometimes one comes across the book that is so different that it is a challenge to review it, Sita’s Curse is one such book. This is one of the new age ‘feminist erotica’ genre, one of the first kind in Indian literary landscape.
This is the story of Meera, a girl stuck in the shackles of Patriarchy, stuck as a young girl in the dos and don’ts and then later in a dead marriage.
There is a strong undercurrent of feminism throughout the book. The quiet rebellion of a young woman quietly breaking her shackles.
The narration is powerful and quite visual. If we see the story, there were many thoughts of Meera that were relate-able. One can feel the frustration seeping out through the written word. The frustration of the social expectations that is put on a girl, just as she is well…a girl comes across very nicely.
On the other hand, some parts of the story are very visual, which means that if could put many readers off (considering its genre). Also, there were a few grammatical as well as spelling errors, editing could have been a little better.
All in all, I salute Miss. Sreemoyee for taking up a taboo topic and presenting it is an inhibited way.
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