[Epub] ❦ Fish In A Dwindling Lake ➜ Ambai – Writerscompany.co.uk
This is an easy read Very evocative of the 70 s with some beautifully perceptive observations of people and situations C.S Laxmi is one of India s most authentic writers. The Body Was The Only Truth She Knew It Was The Body Alone That Was Left, Even As She Went Beyond The Body Journeys Form The Leitmotif Of These Astonishing New Stories By Ambai Sometimes Culminating In An Unconventional Love Affair, Some Are Extraordinary Tales Of Loyalty And Integrity Others Touch On The Almost Fantastic, Absurd Aspect Of Mumbai Yet Others Explore The Notion Of A Wholesome Self, And Its Tragic Absence At Times These Stories Are Illuminated By Vivid And Unusual Characters From An Eccentric, Penurious Singer Couple Who Adopt An Ape As Their Son, To A Male Prostitute, Who Is Battered By Bimbos For Not Giving Full SatisfactionCrucially, Some Of The Stories, Like The Title One, Engage Uninhibitedly With A Woman S Relationship To Her Body For Ambai, Feminist Par Excellence, The Sensual Body, Experienced As A Natural Landscape Changing With Age, Is At The Same Time, The Only Vehicle Of Life And Tool For Mapping The External World Ambai, a feminist par excellence, characterizes the sensual body as a natural landscape and believes it s the only thing that keeps you mapped to the outside world Great read. A lovely little collection of short stories, translated by Lakshmi Holmstr m with a wonderful collection of Tamil phrases peppered throughout the book The stories are centred around the theme of travel, but the heart and soul of the stories explore female sexuality in a way I ve never seen in Indian especially Tamil literature Ambai is an intriguing, fascinating, feminist writer Was disappointed with this collection especially since my expectations were very high after reading Purple Sea from the same team The stories chosen didn t really fall in place into a collection and the translation was very rudimentary The calf that frolicked in the hall was the one saving grace It was a moving and wonderfully constructed tale 1 Journey 4 A short story Amazing and unexpected ending.2 Journey 5 Also a short story An unexpected twist Sweet. While browsing randomly at the iconic kitabkhanabooks at Colaba, I stumbled upon this transient section for womenintranslation Month and picked up the first book I saw I have hardly read much Indian translated books the one I remember was Ghachar Ghochar, a book translated from Kannada language that I read back in 2016 and I have always been curious about Indian authors who have excelled while writing in their local language Needless to say, this book caught my attention and hence I picke While browsing randomly at the iconic kitabkhanabooks at Colaba, I stumbled upon this transient section for womenintranslation Month and picked up the first book I saw I have hardly read much Indian translated books the one I remember was Ghachar Ghochar, a book translated from Kannada language that I read back in 2016 and I have always been curious about Indian authors who have excelled while writing in their local language Needless to say, this book caught my attention and hence I picked it up Ambai s stories originally written in Tamil are unconventional, and so are her female protagonists They dream, they travel, they think fondly of their unrequited love They are unapologetic, they are empathetic Some stories are just named as Journey 2 , Journey 3 etc while some are named after a forgotten lover There is exploration of female body, sexuality and sexual expression There are tragedies of Mumbai riots There is a non chalant campus romance here, and a unexplainable suicide there I am glad I picked it up I can say, I didn t choose this book, this book chose me a decent short story collection that are a bit of miss as they thematically play out quite similarly with minor changes to plot points However this is an excellent collection driven by characters motivations and ignoring the plot, the delivery is quite powerful.