Let us Mock, Stalk & Quarrel

Anupama…captures the essence of the book like no one else…😊😊

AkkaAcerbic

15111089_1167050083364261_1330858925931304118_oA wikipedia would define Satire as a genre of literature in which the vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings of individuals, corporations, government, or society are held up to ridicule, ideally hoping for an improvement. A feature of satire is strong irony or sarcasm. Although satire is usually meant to be humorous, it’s greater purpose is constructive social criticism, using wit to draw attention to both particular and wider issues in society.

We are seeing some solid society churning. In such times, a true writer uses the pen to echo the turmoil around.

Whether it is the gentle mocking at the wax figures who masquerade as role models, 

or the goddesses mulling over festering sores of gender inequalities 

The domestic drivels or the mismanaged familial relationships or the idiosyncrasies of our daily humdrum

When knowledge acquisition suffers a collateral damage as you go chasing degrees, 

When even after 70 years of…

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Have you Mocked, Stalked and Quarreled yet?? — bookhippo

Friends, Indians, countrymen Lend me thy ears This Friday, the 25th of November, a very important book is due to be launched What, you ask is, special about it? Well, well, I would love to tell you all about it, but Big Brother is watching It’s a Catch-22 [29 to be precise] situation you see, […] …

Have you Mocked, Stalked and Quarreled yet??

Friends, Indians, countrymen Lend me thy ears This Friday, the 25th of November, a very important book is due to be launched What, you ask is, special about it? Well, well, I would love to tell you all about it, but Big Brother is watching It’s a Catch-22 [29 to be precise] situation you see, …

Zeal and Zen

I started this blog about a year back because I wanted to share my journey of reading a book. What I liked about the book, what I didn’t, how did it affect me? Did it disappoint me? I felt I needed to put all of these emotions on paper to find closure. Oh yes, I …

Review: Defiant Dreams

Jean Spraker

Editor’s note

Although I have never met them, I know several of the contributors to this volume, mostly through the online Facebook group For Writers, By Authors. I was a beta reader of Radhika Maira Tabrez’s short story in this volume, Built From the Ashes. Anirban Nanda has beta read for me. When Rhiti Bose approached me about providing a free review copy of this book, I agreed because I could not buy the ebook on Amazon.com and wanted to read Radhika and Anirban’s stories. As a rule, I do not accept free review copies. I prefer to buy the books I review because it supports the author. But, I made an exception for this volume. Whether my review is colored by bias is for you to decide.

About the book

Defiant Dreams: Tales of Everyday Divas is a short story collection from Incredible Women of India, an online magazine…

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Female Genital Mutilation by Esha Chakraborty

INCREDIBLE WOMEN OF INDIA

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Female Genital Mutilation:

A violation of a woman’s most basic Right to Health

“My two sisters, myself and our mother went to visit our family back home. I assumed we were going for a holiday. A bit later they told us that we were going to be infibulated. The day before our operation was due to take place, another girl was infibulated and she died because of the operation. We were so scared and didn’t want to suffer the same fate. But our parents told us it was an obligation, so we went. We fought back; we really thought we were going to die because of the pain. You have one woman holding your mouth so you won’t scream, two holding your chest and the other two holding your legs. After we were infibulated, we had rope tied across our legs so it was like we had to learn to…

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