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


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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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The world Remade

Have you read/heard the news today? Not yet? Let me take you through the headlines: ‘More Than 6,000 Killed in 'Merciless Devastation' in Ukraine ‘ ‘Philippine Army Seizes Rebel Bomb Factory as Peace Plan Flounders ‘ ‘Drone Attack in Yemen Kills Suspected Al Qaeda Militants’ ‘Iraq Army Attacks Islamic State Strongholds in Baghdad ‘ Death, …