Inner Line: The Zubaan Book of Stories by Indian Women

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Urvashi Butalia
Zubaan, Jan 1, 2006 - Indian women in literature - 243 pages
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This anthology testifies to women`s many concerns, whether witht a way of life, or with being caught inside the fur walls of the home, or in a relationship with someone other than the husband, or being caught at the intersection of many forces within a situation of political violence and armed conflict. In one way or another the woman`s body becomes a site upon which many battles take place; for control, for power, for progeny, but there is seldom a resolution in which the women remains a mere victim, or more acted upon than acting. Whether she is in the palaces of the gods, or caught in the body of snake, or speaking through the spirit of the countrside which witnessed her rape, the woman`s voice is unique, singular and in each story, different. While this gives substance to the cliche that India is a countr where many and varied realities exist simultaneously, it gives the lie to the cliche that all women speak with a sameness and a commonality of experiences.
  

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Contents

The WetNurse
25
A Kitchen in the Corner of the House
63
Thirst
83
The Offspring
104
The Last Song
121
The Valley in Shadow
155
Mayadevis London Yatra
173
Portrait of a Childhood
189
Martand
209
Menaka Tells Her Story
225
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