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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Granta The F Word

This is a collection of stories by the UK based literary quarterly.
Issue 115 of Granta explores Feminism and the contributors are all women.

These are 21 stories, poems, slice of life pieces and a lovely story in pictures by different women writers, each exploring a different aspect of feminism.

Some stories disturb, some make you just appreciate women in other parts of the world.

Aftermath – a story of a woman’s life after divorce

The Dreadful Mucamas- the story of Bolivian household help who literally hold the employers to ransom- While I agree the sentiments are universal, but I object to the racial ending- they give us such dark, Indian looks

A Kept Woman- the dilemmas of a woman who leaves her job to follow her husband’s lucrative career. And at this stage, the attention to details matters to her because she can no longer measure her worth in dollars.

Night Thoughts- A man wakes up in the middle of the night and thus begins a series of thoughts, mini decisions, and fights in his head. But is it worth taking it up further when he wakes up at 7 am?

The sex life of African Girls- deals with the gamut of crimes against women.

Mona’s Story- The story of Mona who was not born Mona- deals with the life of a hijra

We’re not in this together- talks of teenage relationship and the responsibility of contraception

A collection of fine stories but a little too heavy and too long for my tastes. Probably I need a second reading to really appreciate the meaning behind them

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