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𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙧𝙩 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙘𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙡 𝙪𝙣𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙞𝙣 𝘼𝙨𝙨𝙖𝙢 📖
as a reader, i feel very confident sitting in a circle and discussing about issues that other people don't think or know about. but once in a while, i come across a book that shatters this confidence of mine. written in tears by arupa patangia kalita is such a book that i finished last night.
🌸 this short story collection is written from a point of view of marginalised population of assam like women, students, domestic helpers and small business owners, and shares the effect of decades long war and civil unrest has over them. the book opens with a story about a bride, who is very excited to join her new household. she dreams of making a perfect home for her family, until one day when one of the sons of the house decides to join rebels. from that moment on, not just the environment around them but people inside the house grow up overnight to face the dark reality.
🌸 the stories continue featuring injustice women face from society and ancient social norms. a woman is caught touching a man in public and her hair is chopped off. similarly, a mother who can barely stand decides to fight with rebels for her daughter's safety. one story was very odd and yet magical, about a half burnt bus that travels through the town, burning up and decaying everything it passes by, from the fish in the lake to flowers in the valley. this one particular story was the best out of the complete collection and was outstanding because of the way it described the whole political situation of this beautiful state.
🌸 before this book, i was only aware about the political situation of assam, and i used to feel that it's something very common in most of the states of our country. but after reading written in tears, i was aghast at the revelations and depth of common man's pain living there. each story has somehow managed to cover most of the marginalised population the state, and has something new to share, a tradition or a folklore. it was like living amongst the characters and not just reading about them.
verdict: make sure you read this book! ❤️
rating: 5 ⭐