Author: Shashi Deshpande
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A haunting new collection of nineteen short stories from one of India's most acclaimed writers.
Shashi Deshpande, in her new collection of short stories, explores a world darkened by the despair and unhappiness of women trying to break out of predefined roles. There is the newly married protagonist of the title story, whose self-respect and sense of self are violated by her crass and insensitive husband; the wife who finds herself involved in an affair because of her husband's indifference; the mother who tries to forge a relationship with a hostile daughter.
These and other stories in this collection serve to reaffirm Shashi Deshpande in her reputation as a writer of acuity and compassion.
Ms Deshpande's greatest asset as a story teller is her lucidity. Her eye for detail and nose for nuance mark her out as one of the best Indo-Anglian writers around. - - The Telegraph
Despande's finely-honed sensibility infuses the delicate interplay of human relationships with a realistic ambience which serves to crystallize our thoughts, and at all once we see in her a natural extension of our own cognitive parameters. - - The Times of India