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Vikas Singh
Mar 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Arupa Kalita Patangia is known for her fiction writing in Assamese. She has more than ten novels and short story collections to her credit. In 2014 she won Sahitya Akademi award for her short stories collection- Mariam Austin Othoba Hira Barua. According to the Sahitya Akademi, these short stories reflected the humanitarian outlook and sincerity of the author and her lucid style of writing and the suggestiveness in the language are remarkable in themselves. It termed the collection as an importa ...more
Chitra Ahanthem
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Loneliness of Hira Barua: Stories by Arupa Patangia Kalita and translated by Ranjita Biswas, a collection of 13 short stories looks at how strife and conflict affects the common people breaking up close knit communities into opposing groups, how sudden social and cultural changes breaks families and societies. The author keeps women and girls at the center of each story: their fortitude, the burden of shame they have to bear in case they veer far from social conventions, the baggage of humil ...more
Uzma Shamim
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Being a stranger to Arupa Patangia Kalita’s earlier works and having heard so much about her, when I came across this translated collection of stories so poignantly titled The Loneliness of Hira Barua, I was naturally intrigued. The final convincing aspect was of course the fact that these stories were about women.

These stories started well, though I was constantly aware that a translation meant that I was missing out on some originality that would always be out of my reach. I could easily make
Divya Pal Singh
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite lyrical sentences like
Beyond the stretch of green fields, the hills take on the hue of peacock feathers. The paddy fields, the sky and the hills dazzle the eye. Occasionally, a rainbow arches right across the sky. The river borrows a bit of the rainbow and mixes the colours on its own liquid palette. When the river flows through the leafy banks of trees, it turns green; the sky adds a tinge of orange in the afternoon; amid the sand banks, it looks brown and sombre. From time to time,
Pretty Little Bibliophile
The Loneliness of Hira Barua is a collection of 15 short stories by Arupa Patangia Kalita, translated from the original Assamese মৰিয়ম আষ্টিন অথবা হীৰা বৰুৱা, by Ranjita Biswas. It is a collection of tales set in the beautiful land of Assam and a wonderfully visual one at that.
At the core, these stories all revolve around women in various stages of life - young Mainao, the outspoken and righteous Surabhi Barua, married Nibha-Bou, to Kuntibala who showers love blindly upon her son, Brinda khuri,
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
When simple writing meets provocative thoughts. Delightful, poignant and short!
Sukanya Gogoi
Aug 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
I had made it a point in the beginning of this year to explore as many stories I can, fictional and non-fictional accounts, oral narratives and folklore based on my region. My inquisitiveness took me to a number of libraries and bookshops to collect Assamese literary gems and I successfully got my hands on a number of books written in Assamese. Those books however lay unattended till date due to other commitments that came in the way. I’ll definitely catch up with my huge Assam pile before the y ...more
Jun 10, 2022 rated it liked it
It’s a collection of 15 short stories amalgamating the culture and customs with the lives of people living in interior parts of Assam. In majority of the books based on North-Eastern states of India, the main theme is social and political disturbance; which is important in terms of social awareness.

However, any state’s identity is beyond the social/political upheaval its going through and this book brings the beautiful aspects of one such state on a reader’s platter.

The stories revolve around
Geeti Mohapatra
Apr 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Since the author wrote it originally in Assamese, it was meant for the Assamese audience, who know the history of unrest in the hills and are familiar with the feeling of living in a disturbed area. This makes it a little difficult for an outsider to relate to the stories. The stories were poignant and had a lot of mundane details about the lives of its characters. Those details however weren't boring at all. Also, I felt some of its allegorical prose, which was intended to be very powerful and ...more
Sanjay Chandra
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
A collection of 15 short stories by the Indian author, and Sahitya Akademi Award winner. The stories are diverse - mostly about the trauma of the violence for the innocent people in Assam. Then there are stories about the loneliness of the old, many of them not from that part, but settled there - not wanting to go back to their native places. The old find themselves single in the winter of their lives, their children or other relatives having gone out to earn living. Heart touching stories.
Aruna Kumar Gadepalli
15 Stories that are translated into English deal with various aspects of life, society, and culture of Assam - Urban as well as Rural.
Rajashree Chowdhury
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Apurva Nagpal
The Loneliness of Hira Barua by Arupa Patangia Kalita is a collection of short stories translated from the Assamese by Ranjita Biswas.

These stories revolve on multiple themes, both socio political and personal; dealing with trauma and grief, family and patriarchy, sometimes creating a web of memories and sometimes blending traditional folklore with storytelling.
I found some stories deeply moving and poignant, like the opening story from this collection about a group of women who resort to a shel
Barsha Roy Chowdhury
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
There is an air of nostalgia and sombreness in the way Arupa Kalita weaves each story. The Loneliness of Hira Barua is a collection of 13 very beautiful and eloquent short stories, centering women and their emotional turmoil. This book has been translated from Assamese by Ranjita Biswas and is considered a huge contribution to the Assamese literature. These stories of the past- the trauma, the hardships, the baggage, the loneliness- they carry an essence of traditional folklore of Assam.

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Arupa Kalita Patangia (aka Arupa Patangia Kalita, Assamese: অৰূপা কলিতা পতংগীয়া) is an Assamese novelists and short story writer and known for her fiction writing in Assamese. Her literary awards include: the Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad award, the Katha Prize and the Prabina Saikia Award. In 2014, she received the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award for her short stories book named Mariam Austin Otho ...more

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