Feb 6 - R K Biswas’ new collection of Stories



Breasts and Other Afflictions of Women’ is an anthology of short stories by R K Biswas, published recently by Authors Press. This is her second collection of short fiction after ‘Culling Mynahs and Crows’ (Lifi Publications, India). Her prose and poetry have been published in print and online magazines in India and several other countries, including the US, UK and Australia. Her stories and poems have been shortlisted and won prizes in many competitions. Her poems have been included in several anthologies, including one by Jayanta Mahapatra.

 

Novelist Soniah Kamal says, “R K Biswas’ short story collection ‘Breasts and Other Afflictions of Women’ is a garden of delights. Each story is a nugget of wit and wisdom plumbing the depths of what it means to be a woman at different stages of life – single, married, widowed. Biswas writes with an emotionally fluid pen, her descriptions crisp and precise whether we are following an aged maid who finds herself out of much needed job, or a modern woman desperately seeking a job for self-fulfillment. Biswas takes us to simmering kitchens in India and rainy streets in Singapore, to marital battlegrounds and playgrounds where teachers and students connect and, as her characters find meaning in their lives, so you too will see your hopes and dreams reflected in these heartfelt stories.”

 

R K Biswas

Breasts and Other afflictions of Women

New Delhi: Authors Press. 2014.

Pages: 233. Price: Rs350 / $18.

 

(Report by GSP Rao   Feb 6, 2015)

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