Saturday, 24 December 2016

Intriguing Women by Lakshmi Raj Sharma

Lakshmi Raj Sharma is a Professor of English at the University of Allahabad. His first novel, The Tailor’s Needle, was published by Penguin Books India in 2012. His first story collection, Marriages are Made in India, was published by Publerati (USA) in 2012. His second story collection, Intriguing Women, is published by The Paris Press in March. 2016.




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Intriguing Women is Lakshmi Raj Sharma’s third work of fiction. After the success of his debut novel The Tailor’s Needle and his first book of short stories Marriages Are Made In India, Sharma now publishes a second, masterly collection of stories about women in all their infinite – and intriguing – variety. Male readers may learn something useful too…

The stories have international and Indian settings. They are postmodern stories because they are globally conceived and they bring out what is contemporary in today's world. This is the age of women as they're acquiring a new position in society. Some are coping well but some are not. These stories are about women in this context. The stories become mirrors unto women as they can see to which category they belong. A mirror reflects the truth which can be both beautiful and ugly; these stories are truthful reflections in that sense. We visit Europe, we travel to Afghanistan and we celebrate the rich variety of the Indian continent. These are women who may seem superficially normal, but might not be, and women who strive for normality at all costs. Sharma also raises questions; can a woman reconcile herself to terrorism? How do we react to a woman who kills several of her husbands? Definitions of femininity are examined and magnified through the prism of fiction. There are humorous stories, serious ones, and those that take you on a literary tourism.

We meet women who despite years of oppression, are smart enough to ride the 21st century successfully, while others are left behind, unable to handle the complexities of modern life. These stories report, reflect and examine the feminine nature.

What is it like to be born a woman, most particularly an Indian woman?

Intriguing stories indeed.


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