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Written in Tears by Arupa Patangia Kalita
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Kalita's 'Written in Tears' are stories about the meaninglessness of violence, oppression of women and a patriarchy that in most cases, doesn't make sense.
With strong female characters who stand against the presumed social diktat, these stories are powerful enough to churn your emotions and leave you helpless.
Kalita's personal experience fuels the emotions in this story and we are transported to an Assam amidst violent uprisings, and social as well as physical injustice. We move across streets where people with different ideologies are shot, common people trying to live a decent life are looted and women are violated (physically and emotional) repeatedly and all in the name of freedom.
In most cases, the thin line between revolution and punishment vanishes leading to a hostility that is ferocious and unspeakable.
What stands out is how well developed these characters are. Be it Mainao who is forced to cut her hair because she defied some orders, or Ayengla who turns into a stone (just like her Namesake) after being brutally raped, they feel like people we know and every pain inflicted on them is capable of bringing out a strong rage. Assam has been described in all its natural as well as traditional glory. The incorporation of regional songs as well as mythical stories intensifies the atmosphere.
The Half burnt Midnight Bus that leaves trails of death and destruction, the demons that require bizzare sacrifices and the songs of love and longing, every little thing brings together the story into a poignant, resonating and agonizing tale.
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Reading Progress

July 9, 2019 – Started Reading
July 9, 2019 – Shelved
July 9, 2019 –
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July 9, 2019 – Finished Reading
June 5, 2020 – Shelved as: contemporary-fiction
June 5, 2020 – Shelved as: literary-fiction
June 5, 2020 – Shelved as: magical-realism
June 5, 2020 – Shelved as: books-by-indian-authors
June 27, 2020 – Shelved as: translated-literature
June 27, 2020 – Shelved as: books-i-own

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