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Breasts And Other Afflictions Of Women (Stories)

Authored By: R.K. Biswas

Publisher:  Authorspress

ISBN-13: 978-81-7273-878-5

Year of Publication: 2014

Pages: 242

                                       Binding: Paperback(PB)

Category:  Poetry, Fiction and Short Stories

Price in Rs. 245.00

                             Price in (USA) $. 9.8

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“From first to last, these beautiful stories are a pleasure to read, vividly written with layered emotion.”

– Camille Gooderham Campbell, Managing Editor of Every Day Fiction

“RK Biswas’ short story collection Breasts and Other Afflications of Women is a garden of delights. Each story is a nugget of wit and wisdom plumbing the depths of what it means to be a woman at different stages of her life – single, married, widowed. Biswas writes with an emotionally fluid pen, her descriptions crisp and precise whether we are following an aged maid who finds herself out of a much needed job, or a modern woman desperately seeking a job for self-fulfillment.  Biswas takes us to simmering kitchens in India and rainy streets in Singapore, to marital battlegrounds and playgrounds where teachers and students connect and, as her characters find meaning in their lives, so you too will see your hopes and dreams reflected in these heartfelt stories.” 

- Soniah Kamal author of the novel An Isolated Incident, and the satire “Hairy Potter: Collected Columns.”  

“Among the fiction entries, I particularly enjoyed “The Amma Who Took French Leave” by Biswas, a spare but engaging story about a housewife in India whose maid does not show up for work one day and she is forced to find another. The maid returns after a week, however, to relate a terrible tragedy which has befallen her, and the housewife is forced to confront the profound differences between the lives they each live.” (First published in Per Contra, Fall 2009, Online Quarterly)

– Review by Henry F. Tonn  (

With reference to Feral a story that was first published in Reading Hour 2013 July issue – a reader feedback: “We thoroughly savoured the July issue. Notably –
Biswas has the ability to delve deep into the complex pool that is the human mind and its currents.”

( reference to “Condiments” first published in Reading Hour, August 2011

“Got the new RH! Have read only half of it as yet... but I loved Condiments by Biswas.”


On “Mother’s Garden” which was first published in Sybil’s Garage, No. 6 USA, a reviewer writes: “When a family falls sick, their mother must make a sacrifice to get them through it. This was beautifully told”.


About the Author


RK Biswas is the author of Culling Mynahs and Crows, published by Lifi Publications, India. Prior to this, her prose and poetry were published across the globe, in print and online journals and anthologies. Notably, Per Contra (USA), The Paumanok Review (USA), Markings (Scotland, UK), Crannog (Ireland) Stony Thursday (Ireland), The Little Magazine (India), Etchings (Australia), Mascara Literary Review (Australia), Eclectica (USA), Mobius (USA),  Cha: An Asian Literary Journal (Hong Kong), to name a few. In 2012 she won first prize in the Anam Cara Writer’s Retreat Short Story Competition. Her poem “Cleavage” was long-listed in the Bridport Poetry Prize 2006 and was also a finalist in the 2010 Aesthetica Creative Arts Contest, UK. In 2007, her story – “Ahalya’s Valhalla” – was among Story South’s Million Writers’ notable stories, USA. Her poem “Bones” was nominated for a 2010 Pushcart by Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. She was one among ten Indian poets to feature in an exclusive anthology edited by Jayant Mahapatra, published by Nirala Publications. She has participated in poetry and literary festivals in India and abroad. She blogs at: