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A Calendar Too Crowded is a collection of poignant stories and poems woven around the theme of womanhood. What makes this work of fiction different from other books that highlight the plight of women is its unique approach. There are quite a few days in the calendar that are devoted to women. The aim of remembering and commemorating such days is simple enough: they serve t ...more
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Sudama Panigrahi
Women have been waging a battle against the society since the time immemorial. She gains ground but the success sadly does not spill onto the society and all women. Hence the need of waging crusade has been a continuous state of affair.
Take a break from romance, read some stories and poems: unrelated but amazingly related, stories of you, me, her and all.
A Calendar Too crowded: Sagarika Chakraborty is such a war directed against time and the society: the perpetrators of crime against women.
Fabida Abdulla
There really isn’t a plot per se, but being a woman is the common theme that flits across all the stories and poems. However, since women are said to be creatures having several dimensions to them, the stories are also different, each stressing on one or more of these.

The topics dealt with in the book consist of those that already occupy lots of newspace in India, like dowry deaths, female foeticide, domestic violence as well as lesser known matters of migrant laborers, adopted children, childle
Sep 08, 2012 Mansi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Asha Zala
I am a feminist, and as one, I always felt that somewhere, its we women too, who are responsible to what is happening in our life. This book explores the feminist perspective in a new light. It does not just play the blame game that who is responsible for what...It is just a narrative, highlighting those that the society has been neglecting, or simply forgetting. The stories are nicely narrated, simple, and the areas touched are not just related to a few aspects, and the common ones - like domes ...more
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Sagarika Chakraborty is a lawyer and student at ISB. Her début book is “a collection of stories and poems woven around the theme of womanhood”. Throughout the year there are a few dozen days set apart for women and issues surrounding gender. As is usual, we hear a lot about these issues on the special days and then go back to routine stories for the rest of the year. She outlines her purpose in the introduction:

The attempt is to delve deeper a
Privy Trifles
“A Calendar too crowded “is a wonderful collection of various short stories and poems woven around the theme of women written by Sagarika Chakraborty and published by Niyogi books [ ISBN: 978-93-81523-06-3].

Welcome to the enticing world of women!!

This book brings out the beauty of the various roles women play. Day in and day out throughout our lives we are a daughter, a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend, a daughter-in-law-, a mother-in-law, a grandmother, a lover and much more to somebody. In t
Ananya Sahni
Awe-inspiring book, beautifully written by Sagarika Chakraborty. It’s a complete account on the plight of women with stories written around an unborn child to a teenaged girl to a widow to an independent lady. I liked the accounts written on the independent protagonists the most. The accounts were refreshing with new perspective. The author not only promotes the independent identity of a lady but also shows us the ‘other side’ of it. “My mother believes have overlooked the sense of comfort my fa ...more
Aashna Kapoor
A Calendar too Crowded is a very nice account on the lives of Indian women. It has various stories on different characters revolving around different situations from an unborn girl to an old lady with a wish to live her remaining life happily. In some of the accounts, the author introduces us to the so called modern woman who has the power and will to live her life independently. I was touched when author through her protagonist says that she strongly believed then like now, that her father has ...more
Aarav Sachdeva
A wonderful book.. Many of the story cum essays have stayed with me even after I put the book down. I love the way the feelings of a mother has been narrated. A woman who is expecting her child in few days follows the mother of a boy for a day as she takes the boy to the school bus, carrying his school bag, holding an umbrella over his head or we can say pampering him. In terms of priorities, the boy and the boy’s father are always ahead of the mother. As she observes the all-sacrificing mother, ...more
Harshita Keswani
This book can be a great means to form a cogent argument for women empowerment at a societal level. It makes reader understand the different roles that a woman plays every person’s life and makes his/her life a little better. Women is realy an epitome of sacrifices. ‘She ( lady in a story) has won an UN award for fighting for the cause of the girl child in third world countries. It turns out that her husband has even more accomplishments. After the programme, the lady is not to be found, for she ...more
The book “a calendar too crowded” throws light on the different facets of women life. It revolves around the plight and roles of women in the contemporary society. The book talks about the deaths caused because of dowry system, desire for male child, difference in treatments offered to a girl child vs. boy child, plight of a woman in the modelling world, story of old aged woman who has to go to old age home despite of having children and the story of self-sacrificingmothers. Issues have been pro ...more
Remarkable work!
A book with so different a format, considerate issue, fresh take, amazing writing!!
The book “A Calendar too Crowded” is a very daring account which bares all the phases, sentiments which a women has to go through in her life. With lines like “It was his superficial presence through the two pinches of vermillion that had been her strongest armour” author also makes statements which are true to the Indian values for a lady. Author talks about the sacrifices and sufferings as well a
Ashneen Gulati
This book just cannot be of a first time writer! It’s amazing, very well crafted book. Each story has lots to give not just highlighting the issue. Some of them even question the traditional views on feminism. Some are a complete guide as to how to deal a situation. One such story is “Selling a Body to Gain a Mind”. It’s the best of all the accounts. A must read for all. Heart wrenching story of a daughter and her prostitute mother. It not only highlights the plight of that lady but also the soc ...more
Nikita Mittal
Collection of wonderful stories, A MASTERPIECE , I must say !!! The range of expressions, issues and insights covered are themselves indicative of the depth and thought that have gone into making of these short stories and poems. Writer also draws a useful and elaborative description of conditions of women across different times. I liked ‘Selling a Body to Gain a Mind’ the most. Despite the negative title, it is about breaking the vicious cycle which sucks generations of women into prostitution. ...more
Gaurav Gupta
Collection of wonderful stories, A MASTERPIECE , I must say !!! The range of expressions, issues and insights covered are themselves indicative of the depth and thought that have gone into making of these short stories and poems. Writer also draws a useful and elaborative description of conditions of women across different times. I liked ‘Selling a Body to Gain a Mind’ the most. Despite the negative title, it is about breaking the vicious cycle which sucks generations of women into prostitution. ...more
Shivani Singhal
Sagarika Chakraborty, a first time author, has done some tremendous job with this beautiful yet stygian account of several women who face different situations in life. Through these characters the author has shown almost all the phases that a female human being has to go through in life. Starting from little girl to an old lady…the book has delved on all.

Moreover it’s not a regular feminist book which shows the appalling stories and innumerable sympathises! The book provides a very wise account
Varuna Sen
Ideal book for Indian men and women !!
The chapter in the start of the book which talks about being a “good” mother is a must read for all the Indian Mothers. The book very rightly talks about the lost way of raising children. In the end of the story author makes a very bold statement by saying that she wishes to raise her child as a child rather than a wish-fulfilling machine. Today, parents are very dominant on their children and the only focus left for them is to make them engineer or other pr
The book depicts the actual picture of the society. Today people talk about a better and modern society but the scenario is different in reality. What appears to be picture perfect on the surface might not be so tranquil underneath. A perfect mother-in-law gets a perfect daughter-in-law. But as months pass, the distrust grows. One day kerosene stove explodes and the daughter-in-law dies. Nothing out of the ordinary – we are told at the end of the story that ‘one dowry death occurs in India every ...more
Writer throws light on the condition of women in the society in a brilliant way. Of the many issues faced by the women in today’s world, I am especially touched with prostitution . How the physical union between a man and a woman which should only be after theiremotionaland spiritual bond becomes a means of livelihood, the story is painful. After that the story tells about the hardships a woman in prostitution faces to keep her daughter away from the cloud of her sordid profession. At this time ...more
Mehak Mishra
A Calendar too crowded by Sagarika Chakraborty is a very striking account of womanhood! Many stories on many issues are there but my favourite is “Knowledge beyond the Printed Letters”. The story revives the quote “If literacy is to sign your name, education is to realise the identity the name bestows upon you” with a stunning illustration through its protagonist. The story questions the so-called educated people and makes you ponder upon the objective of education. Life is more than the lessons ...more
Shaheen Khan
As so many reviews are already suggesting, this book deserves a hearty applause. It’s a successful attempt to uncover the wounds that every woman has pushed deep inside her heart. Sagarika Chakraborty has done justice to the issue very beautifully. It looks, lot of research has been put in into this work to unravel and understand so many emotions and do justice to each protagonist’s story. My favourite story was the ‘Sisters by Choice and not by Chance’. It’s lovely story of the love between two ...more
The book is far from fiction. It is really a masterpiece. Use of literature and research in describing the facets of women’s life is commendable. Every issue has been dealt with maturity and the sensitivity in presentation is extraordinary. Almost every phase of women’s life, from her birth to old age has been written with depth through different stories which corresponds to different calendar days celebrated for womanhood. Be it the confusion and frustration of a girl entering her first menstru ...more
Ardhya Singh
Okay! This book is awesome!! Just so much engaging this book is that those words, views and feelings are still inside me ringing so bluntly! I haven’t read much literature on the account of these issues but one doesn’t need to actually read when one can see it happening all the time around. To all those who haven’t read it yet –this book highlights the plight of women though various social evils that she faces; it has over twenty short stories and few poems which makes you live all those feeling ...more
Alisha Heen
Refreshing, something new!!
After so long the book A Calendar too Crowded comes out to be a refreshing account of Indian Ladies. The book is a must read for all those feminists out there. The book in many ways questions the so called self-assumed “right” of the men to be a supreme being. The author in a very subtle way in one of her stories makes a statement that the household chores can’t be done in the absence of women and how men can be expected to do their work on their own. “The question tha
Jahnvi Sharma
Beautiful Work !!
A complete and very apt account of the status of women in our society. Apart from highlighting the plight of Indian woman, the author also touches upon several other prevalent issues. One such issue which I liked the most was her questioning of the way our children are brought up. She talks about the ambitions of parents who want their children to top all examinations, become engineer or doctor. But these parents forget in the meantime that they are still children who also has t
Great job done by sagarika. This book really forms a strong argument for women empowerment and her position in the society. Stories cover the roles which a woman plays in her entire life cycle. I like the expressions used by the writer to express the feelings of woman in different situations, like when she meets her first crush when she has already spent considerable time with her husband. Writer also presents social condition of woman, and her rights have still a long way to go. She also explai ...more
Sakshi Manocha
A calendar too crowded is a very brave and alluring account on womanhood. The views expressed, the stories narrated, the protagonists introduced and the situations shown are all very coherent to this world and its status for women. Every lady would find this book somehow related to their own life. Such is the fate that we all have suffered at some point of time because of our being the not so ‘superior beings’. The book has many short stories on different situations. Author presents to us very e ...more
Radhika Gupta
The book is a full of different emotions. You have these serious tones, humour, satires….yes satires too! The best ones are in the chapter where the author reflects upon the principles of motherhood-Indian motherhood. She sets a contrast with the prevalent “way” of motherhood. She brings to the light the very essence of bringing up children and how they are being brought up now days. The author’s concerns are very genuine, sincere and innocent at times. She very aptly questions the very widespre ...more
Bal Jitcaur
This book is a very interesting guide an “all about woman” phenomenon. It not only takes you through different stages of a woman’s life but also gives tells you how a complete calendar is dedicated to celebrate women and make people aware about the evils a lady faces in her lifetime.
I felt very amazing when I got to know that there are almost 30 days in one year dedicated to woman. And this book has very interestingly spun short stories, poems etc. around these days. This format of the book is
The title of the book “ a calendar too crowded “ may mislead you that the book is a collectionof women centered stories but it is not the case. Writer explains various issues which are hurting the women’s state in today’s era with lots of hope. She amazingly talks about domestic violence, plight of an old lady, desire for a boy child and much more. The story 'An EqualFriendship' where Panchali writes a letter to Krishnacontradictingthe fact that women are not treated equally insociety. With the ...more
Amol Sharma
The book is an epitome of emotions that a girl faces in her life at every stage! The book very heartrendingly narrates various stories spun around the lives of a woman. The book is the release of angst of sufferings and bearings! It’s the voice of not only the author but also angst of every female being anguishing in this society. And, the story “Naked” is height of every limit and shame for our social order and its people. People today are more interested in the ‘breaking news’ then in the pain ...more
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