Saturday, 28 December 2019

Radical Politics Of Indian Love - Short Story Collection Review


Radical Politics Of Indian Love is a collection of daring short stories by Rachita Ramya, an author whose writing boasts of potential and whose plots aim at providing you with a twist that you will never forget. I read the 7 short stories in this collection over a span of two months, and despite massive changes in myself and my life during this period, somewhere I could connect with the plot and relate to the protagonists.

Treesome, the first story took me the most by surprise. Partially because it was my first read from the author, partially because it had a brilliant plot twist. It is also worth noting that the author has a nice tone in her writing that follows into the next story Royal Bengal Tigress, dealing with one of the strongest female portraits I have ever seen built in short stories. The next story, The Writer, The Lover and The Doctor follows a different pattern but has the similar plot twist that took me by surprise in her First short. Modern Indian Widow and Two Strangers somehow share a similarity, yet prove to be different in their own ways, the latter being my favourite in terms of unity of plot, style and narration. No Man's Refuge and The Bollywood Hero are good in their own potential, but not as impressive to me as the remaining five!

One of the common themes of Ramya's stories is women and love. They say-
"The strongest actions for a woman is to love herself, be herself and shine amongst those who never believed she could.”
Ramya's stories are portrait of women rising in and with love. Although the women are portrayed in a strong framework, they are never associated wit masculinity which is a feat on its own since most writers fail to do it right.  They are also set in and around different parts of India -urban and rural and chart a vast landscape in the exploration of a land of diversity, dark and light, united in a spirit.

Extremely empowering collection of short stories, highly recommended for you if you are a fan of Jhumpa Lahiri or enjoy reading short stories with a twist!

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