For those who still think the literature of India is just about gods, the British raj, extreme poverty, Bollywood movies, or call centres full of people mimicking American accents, please read this collection of short stories and poetry from some of India’s best and most promising writers. I was especially taken with “The Tree Husband,” a short story by Barnali Saha about a woman’s longing for a marriage that scarcely exists, longing in the presence of another bond that is far more certain. As well, “Phobia,” the story of one young woman who wants to pursue a career and other ambitious goals and does not want to be pregnant (at least not yet) will leave you with a bit of an ache in your heart.
Read this collection. As soon as you are able.