- Paperback: 116 pages
- Publisher: 20Notebooks Press; First edition (20 May 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9351749002
- ISBN-13: 978-9351749004
- Package Dimensions: 20.2 x 12.8 x 1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,91,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Arithmetic of Breasts and Other Stories Paperback – 20 May 2015
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About the Author
Rochelle Potkar is a fiction writer and poet. Her works have appeared in several Indian and international publications. Her first book of short stories, 'The Arithmetic of breasts and other stories' was shortlisted for The Digital Book of the Year Award 2014, by Publishing Next. Her next book, Dreams of Déjà vu is a speculative novel.
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Top customer reviews
Each story of the book is based on a serious subject and also highlights the imagination of the author. And you won't be able to resist but appreciate the style in which she has presented each thought. Each phrase has been beautifully put together and would delight a person who truly appreciates reading.
The book is a quick read and perfect for a coffee break during an amazing weather. I really loved the book. After a long time, I got my hands over a book which can make me appreciate writing as an art and I feel so great about it.
It would enhance your mood and would make you fall in love with it. It is superb.
Each story, though has lust as an integral element, has a deeper meaning. Readers can find romance, love, happiness and sadness in these stories.
Some of the characters in the stories seem so real... that you feel you know them. The language and the choice of words are apt, taking you deep into the essence of the storyline. It is human nature – needs becoming wants and emotions leading to complexities. But life does not run on these alone...there’s a deeper meaning to life and one cannot ignore it. Sooner or later, one realises it and gives a new dimension to one’s life.
All in all, it is an excellent read...especially for married people...as it gives an insight into the minds of men and women.
The short stories in the book - seven in total (and two half stories as the author prefers to call them) are a bouquet bound in the trellis of human emotions, needs, wants, complexities and complexes. Yet, the tales somehow are still able to celebrate the boundless. The author gives us (time and again and again, throughout the book) characters that are equal part fantastical and still rooted in our day-to-day grime, she gives us reasons to care for them and loathe them, identify with them and yet wonder what next would they do, all through the book the author shows us her mastery over words, structure and above all human emotions. While reading the book, I often found myself wondering is this really fiction (for that matter could anything ever be completely fiction unadulterated by truth/ experience)…or does the boundary somewhere blurs in the horizon. If I were the gambling types, I would have placed my bet on the latter. The author also has the gift of taking a story to very unexpected conclusions, though at an isolated instance, I felt the story took a slightly banal turn than I was expecting (maybe all that the story needed was a few thousand words more).
Without going into the details and playing a spoilsport, I would rate ‘The Room with a Sea View’, ‘The scent of a conscience’ and the half story ‘Our Lovers’ as the most outstanding works in the collection. But I would like to mention the title story ‘The Arithmetic of breasts’ which has the feel of a condensed epic to it – probably the most ambitious one in the collection. Without batting an lid I would rate this book a resounding five. Go on Ms. Rochelle give us your next collection.
Footnote - For as long as I can remember, I have liked to frequent used book stores. Time for me somehow stops for a while in a bookstore, lifting the books, carefully waking them up, caressing their spines, tracing a tentative finger on the words and then reading a blurb before holding it like a new-found present all the way to the billing counter. I believe, bookstores are the most convenient way of discovering a new author – fresh, raw, urgent in his or her works and this amongst a few other (mostly romantic reasons) is the pitfall of e-books, one rarely if ever discovers a new voice in this Babel of internet. I was lucky enough to discover this author and I hope others would too.
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The stories themselves are mesmerizing. The Indian flavour is never lost, never mind the names and the settings - and...Read more
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