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.
“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.