Authored By: Madhumita Roy
Year of Publication: 2019
|Pages: 68||Binding: Paperback(PB)|
Category: Poetry, Fiction and Short Stories
|Price in Rs. 206.50||Price in (USA) $. 16.52|
The stories of this collection are about simple yet unusual women. The characters include one very passionate middle-aged teacher of English literature suddenly in love, one widowed school teacher experiencing an unexpectedtransformation of her routine, long journeys from work to home into remarkable moments of self-discovery, one middle-aged wifeand mother reliving her glory as a sportsperson in a sudden fit of passion, one vintage, closet enchantress using her magic in a clandestine manner for empowerment in violent situations, one lady detective trying to solve a surreal murder of a young girl child, one wife trying to understand the eccentricities of her recently deceased storyteller husband through narrating their marital experiences, one introverted young woman being haunted since her childhood by the spirit of her unnaturally deceased friend, and finally one anthropomorphized spider revealingvarious shades of her life and personality in moments of extremeexistential angst.These stories are light-hearted but should appeal to the sensibilities of any reader who is interested to read literature with some amount of attention.
Madhumita Roy teaches English literature and carries out her research on literary and cultural texts of the contemporary times. She writes stories inspired by books that have shaped her literary sensibilities and also by observing the Bengali middle-class society around her. She grew up in a well-knit, educated, middle-class family, consisting of her parents and her sister, based out of Kolkata. She is a writer mostly because her family has always encouraged her to follow her passions in life. Her husband, also a teacher, is an equally avid supporter of her creative endeavours. At present, she lives in Raipur working as an Assistant Professor at IIT Bhilai. Her short stories and poems have been published in various literary magazines such as Word Riot, Out of Print, Reading Hour, The Bangalore Review, The Indian Review, Brilliant Flash Fiction, Flash Fiction Magazine, and New Asian Writing.Her academic writings have appeared in various national and international journals. She has recently earned her PhD from IIT Kharagpur writing her thesis on Salman Rushdie.