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Walking Towards Ourselves: Indian Women Tell Their Stories Paperback – 26 Jan 2016
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Contributors include Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Deepti Kapoor, Ira Trivedi, Leila Seth, Sharanya Manivannan, Tishani Doshi, Annie Zaidi, Anjum Hasan, Margaret Mascarenhas, Tisca Chopra, Salma, Anita Agnihotri, Ambai, Pallavi Sharda, Mitali Saran, Urvashi Butalia, Rosalyn D'Mello and Nirupama Dutt.
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This anthology of 20 real-life narratives by a range of Indian female authors gives entry into the minds, skins and situations of women as they 'find themselves'. As these women navigate through life, one glimpses vividly-hued and tangled strands of narrative, weaving a tapestry of shared vulnerabilities and common strengths. This collection of stories held some familiar names for me and added to the list of Indian female authors on my to-read.
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This is an important and well-written anthology of personal stories from a broad selection of Indian women writers and feminists. Each of the essays is memorable in its own way, but as a collection I don't feel that it had quite the impact that I was expecting.
The most haunting tale was that of Anonymous, who describes the relentless terror of rape within marriage.
The man who rapes me is not a stranger who runs away. He is not the silhouette in the car park, he is not the masked assaulter, he is not my acquaintance who has spiked my drink. He is someone who wakes up next to me. He is the husband for whom I have to make the morning coffee.
The funniest was that of Tisca Chopra who describes her rise in the Indian TV and film industries and her near-miss casting couch experiences.
But for me the most touching was Nirupama Dutt's story about her sister, 28 years her senior, and the vastly different lives they have led as their country hurtles towards a higher level of development.