“Bound by life” by Arpita Pramanick

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Title : Bound by life

Author : Ms. Arpita Pramanick

Genre : Fiction

Arpita Pramanick’s debut collection of short stories “Bound by life” is a delightful read because of its range, emotional force and for the sheer beauty and power of its language. This book presents a diverse set of ten short stories which will keep the reader guessing from page to page. The stories are about life and death, love and loss, transition and growth, jealousy and kindness. Arpita’s prose is clean and evocative, the stories are exciting, and the characters are beautifully observed.

Among the ten stories, my personal favorite is “The Silent Victim”, which is a story of a young girl Deepa, who had experienced sexual harassment in her childhood. The story is such that every Indian woman will be able to relate herself with the central character Deepa. The following two lines from the short story gives a moral support to all those young ladies who have been through similar experiences.

She is done giving them the benefit of doubt all the time. She is done thinking it is her who has been judging the
touches wrongly. From now on, every touch that feels wrong is wrong.

The Silent Victim, Bound by life by Arpita Pramanick

“Bound by life” will make the reader think. In this book, the author proves herself masterful at creating nuanced characters in only a few pages with a writing style all her own. The stories are captivating, subtle and honest portraits of Indian lifestyle. I truly believe that these short stories make a phenomenal collection.

Arpita maintains a WordPress blog, Scribbles@Arpita and a Facebook page, Fictionally Yours.

“Bound by life” can be purchased at Amazon : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00X6VG3B0/

Lastly, I would like to thank the author for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

On novelist J. M. Coetzee and his masterpiece, ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’

I express my heartfelt thanks to Ms. Arpita Pramanick for having me as a guest blogger on her blog Scribbles@Arpita. She is a thoughtful young lady and an aspiring author with a strong observation power. Her short story, “I am Mala” is published on eFiction magazine in the May, 2015 edition. Her first book of short stories, “Bound by Life”, will release on June 20, 2015 on Amazon Kindle. Now, I myself is quite new to writing and when she asked me to write on her blog in the Saturday-special “Guest Blog” series on “writing”, I was a bit confused about what to write! Finally I ended up reviewing a book of the celebrated author J. M. Coetzee. I hope you will like it.

Scribbles@Arpita

Today’s guest post is written by Ms. Swagata Mukherjee, with whom I have had the good fortune to share a room for the last five months of my engineering program. Swagata is pursuing her Ph.D. in experimental high energy physics, has travelled widely and shares her travel exploits in her blog, Through My Eyes. The pictures on her blog are also mostly photographed by her. She is also passionate about books. Today, on my request, she shares with us her views on novelist J.M. Coetzee’s ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’. Thank you so much, Swagata Di, for this guest-post.


Not being a widely-read person, especially in English literature, I would have probably never come across a book written by J. M. Coetzee if a Bengali publishing house didn’t come up with a Bengali translation of some of the masterpieces of the Nobel laureate author. This year, at the Kolkata…

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