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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Sita's Curse by Sreemoyee Piu Kundu

Blurb (from the jacket):

Somewhere, behind closed doors, in her solitary world; somewhere, under the sheets with an indifferent lover; Somewhere, is a woman who will not be denied...

Trapped for fifteen years in the stranglehold of a dead marriage and soulless household domesticity, the beautiful, full-bodied and passionate Meera Patel depends on her memories and her flights of fancy to soothe the aches that wrack her body; to quieten an unquenchable need. Until one cataclysmic day in Mumbai, when she finally breaks free...

Bold, brazen and defiant, Sitas Curse looks at the hypocrisy of Indian society and tells the compelling story of a middle-class Indian housewifes urgent need for love, respect, acceptance and sexual fulfillment.

My take on the book:
When I started reading this book, I was of the perception that it is a normal metro read. The blurb portrayed the same. A general misconception most readers must conclude, I am sure. But the book far from it.

It was quite a surprise when I realised that it was an erotica. An pure, urban erotica, perhaps. That makes this book my first erotica read!

When I first heard the title, I was like, "No, not another retelling of Ramayana!" But then, the cover picture suggest entirely something else. No, it can't be Ramayana inside those covers.

Rather than discussing about the story, I would like to thank Nimi Vashi for considering me worthy of reviewing this book and sending over the copy.

Firstly, I haven't clearly understood the need of Erotica lit. I mean there are thousands of articles, third grade books in the market that serve the purpose, but why novels? I don't know. However, after this book I am more lost than ever. All hype was bogus. Perhaps, the reviewers had written well about the book on courtesy - of which we are entirely against.

The protagonist of the story is awestruck by the tragedies of her life, I totally understand. But when I actual read it, I wonder, is this the present state of women? I mean, if so, I seriously want to meet them! Where can I find them? I want to meet those sexually frustrated housewives right now! Do you think I am being cheap, vulgar and gross? You must read this book. You would realise, I am way better!

There are two ways of narrating a sex scene. Even in movies, there is a slender line between love making scenes and shooting porn. And it plays a very vital role in the prestige of the movie. And even the director. Similarly, there is a thin line between describing a love-making scene and writing a porn-lit. Of course, being crude is important for some extent, but only till some extent mind you. This book had broken all those limits and sex was jumping out of every page, literally.

Maybe the plot was strong, or else why would I be so excited to review it. But the author had visibly exploited it. Or perhaps, messed it up.

By my till review, don't take the book as not worth reading. Seriously I was horny throughout the read. It indeed serves that purpose. Especially, the aspect that this book is actually written by a woman excites me further. Sorry, don't take me wrong, but I still can't fathom how can I a woman be so ... Leave it! Perhaps, this is the situation of people higher up in the society...

I had rated this book low on the basis of my own interest, because it was not my type. At least not interestingly of any type, as far as it is concerned to me. It doesn't mean that it is not worth reading, I mention again. You might even like it...

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Title: Sita's Curse

Author: Sreemoyee Piu Kundu

Tagline: The Language of Desire

ISBN (edition I've read): 9789350097809


Read between: 05-06-2014 to 07-06-2014

Publishers: Hachette India

Reviewed for: Nimi Vashi (of TheReadersCosmos)

Pages: 332

MRP: ₹ 350

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