Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Out of Print, Issue 3

Seven stories by women, seven stories about women – but for that commonality, the stories in the third release of Out of Print form an eclectic collection. Or do they? Although their voices are distinct and their stories quite different, Jahnavi Barua, Priya Sarukkai Chabria and Saudha Kasim each write about a woman recognising her self. All three stories examine the premise of marriage and a woman’s place in it. In contrast, in Anita Roy’s Jenna, set in the terrifying bleakness of a futuristic prison, we confront isolation and the tentative yet essential instinct to develop relationships. Radhika Venkatarayan also writes of relationships, in this case, the complex ones within a multi-generational family structure. In 16th July, Uma Parameswaran tells of the grace of a woman forced to face the extreme. Finally, in the contemporary allegory, Ma Tujhe Salaam, Divya Dubey deals with the nature of power

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