- Paperback: 175 pages
- Publisher: Rupa & Co (30 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8129116030
- ISBN-13: 978-8129116031
- Package Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,29,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Intimate Pretence Paperback – 30 Apr 2010
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About the Author
Born in Orissa in 1965. Paramita Satpathy is an influential voice among the young writers of Orissa. She did her Master's in Economics from jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She joined the Indian Revenue Service in 1989 and is currently working in Bhubaneswar.
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Paramita Satpathy does exactly that in her 'Intimate Pretence' (Rupa). Each little story and every character in the compilation creates an evocative picture of Woman. She is a victim of opportunistic lust. She kills to hide her shame. She has empathy towards youthful indiscretions of her daughter-in-law. She uses her body to make her life. She grieves in silence to losing a son to war. She courageously offers her virginity to love. In the end, she's always a woman. Paramita 's stories are those intriguing brush strokes that create a lovely picture in the end.
I am a finicky reader of short stories. But in 'Intimate Pretence', I do not mind non-adherence to tenets like Unities of Time, Place, Action, or narrator's intrusion or shifting POVs. Because, I realised the stories have to be read together. They're distinct, yet depict the continuum of feminity. Despite being based almost entirely in semi-urban or rural Odisha, these are not just local tales.
I feel the compilation would have benefitted from a more robust translation that could bring out the linguistic flavours of the original. However, 'Intimate Pretence' is a very satisfying reading experience indeed.
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Infidelity is one of the most conspicuous instances of deceit introduced to the arena of love and trust. It is like a venomous serpent slithering its way inside the Eden of marriage, unseen. So many stories in the book revolve round the theme of adultery or illicit relationship.
For Lipi, a working girl returning home late one evening, the familiar roads of Bhubaneswar turn nightmarish as she is chased by a mysterious car. She holds her own against the stalker till her finds refuge in a young gentleman's house. Her fears and trepidations continue even after her pursuers had left, because now she had to pass the night with a male stranger, with no one else to give her company. Lipi survives her ordeal unscathed. After a week Lipi again knocks at the young man's door, this time at her own volition, and the young householder, still waiting for the arrival of her wife and son from another city, gives in to the temptation.
Radha, a tribal girl, is deeply in love with Mohan the artist in `Silver Bracelets'. She is given in marriage to a money-minded, indifferent husband and finds little conjugal love. She continues to meet and adore Mohan. On a dark, misty night, she stealthily visits Mohan's house and deposits her silver bracelets with him as her mementos.
The protagonist in `Sharp Shooter' is an accomplished go-getter and social climber, but not content in his family front. He is drawn towards a graceful temple singer girl, and their relationship blooms in no time. As the protagonist congratulates himself for his successful handling of all aspects of his life--home, family, career and love relationship, he suddenly finds him in for a rude shock.
Another dominant theme of the stories deal with the boredom and angst among the members of the urban, upper middle class families. The artificial husband-wife relationship in `Intersections', `Discovery' and the last story `Intimate Pretence' portray such boredom and mutual distrust. But despite the claim in the cover barb that "the stories address the recurring problems of the booming middle-class of Orissa," many of the stories revolve round the theme of abject poverty, as in the case of `Hunger', `Sin' and `Love Child', and have nothing to do with an upwardly mobile middle class. Stories such as `Padmatola' and `The Mother of the Kargil War' deal with totally different subjects.
Another howler seems to be the words "Oriya Short Stories" printed boldly on front cover, although the book contains stories translated into English. The quality of translation, in some of the stories, leaves much to be desired.
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