July 30, 2021

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Review: RK Biswas’s Breasts and Other Afflictions of Women

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It’s an anthology that sparkles with brilliance, says reviewer Mythily Ramachandran 

By Mythily Ramachandran                               

BreastsWho can understand a woman better than another woman?

RK Biswas’s Breasts and Other Afflictions of Women, a collection of short stories is ample testimony to this. Comprising of 32 stories that have been published individually in India and globally, the book dwells on women from different walks of life, cuts across ages and brings out the resilience which women are known for.

This mixed bag of stories opens with a sensitive story told most beautifully in “Breasts”. A simple phone call in the dead of the night can be ominous and when Ila learns that it is a perverted prankster at the other end of the line, she disconnects the line with just a word, ‘Idiot’. As the story progresses, Biswas brilliantly changes Ila’s mood into a tender moment. This poignant story is my favourite.

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