Author- Sreemoyee Piu Kundu
Somewhere, behind closed doors, in her solitary world; somewhere, under the sheets with an indifferent lover; Somewhere, is a woman who will not be denied.
Trapped for fifteen years in the stranglehold of a dead marriage and soulless household domesticity, the beautiful, full-bodied and passionate Meera Patel depends on her memories and her flights of fancy to soothe the aches that wrack her body; to quieten an unquenchable need. Until one cataclysmic day in Mumbai, when she finally breaks free……
Bold, brazen and defiant, Sitas Curse looks at the hypocrisy of Indian society and tells the compelling story of a middle-class Indian housewifes urgent need for love, respect, acceptance and sexual fulfillment.
My thoughts –
“Our bodies…..they are our only source of power. You must always stay this way…….supple, strong, sensuous”
~ Page-164 [Meera’s mother to Meera]
This is the first time I was reading something from the author. And boy, I am impressed! 🙂 When Readers Cosmos offered the book for review, I read the blurb and the first thing that came to my mind was “it will be different” and I am glad that I agreed for accepting a copy. Sreemoyee has not only taken up a sensitive and maybe a controversial subject too, but also delivered it well. Cheers to her!! 🙂 Writing an erotica by a woman and about a woman will not go quite well with people in this country; as talking about sex openly is still an eyes-widening-and-mouth-opening thing. But the author manages to do a great job and has given us a compelling read. The way the story moves makes the reader think at times – about people, things and norms of the so-called society.
Sita’s Curse is erotic from the very first page itself and there is no denying it. There are vivid descriptions, of which some are pleasant and some unpleasant too. It is the story of Meera Patel born and brought up in a village in Gujarat who is later married off to an elder groom in Mumbai. The house she was married to had a window in the whole chawl (colony) they lived! It is her journey of transformation from a village belle to a Mumbai house-wife who is trapped in a loveless, sexually abusive and bad marriage.
Meera had a twin Kartik and like with most twins they lived their lives together; they were inseparable. They shared a bond like no one else. As they grow up together, they become aware of their bodies, desires and needs. And it was a very different phase of their lives. One day Kartik dies and the void never disappeared from her life. In their relationship, the author has delved into something rare and unconventional.
Post marriage Meera discovers herself as a woman who had sexual needs that needed to be quenched and also emotional needs too and for both she searched in her husband, Mohan, but in vain, for Mohan was not capable of fulfilling her needs – both sexually and emotionally. Then there was the drudgery of domestic life, pestering of her mother-in-law, taunts of being childless (due to no fault of hers) and the like. And one day when she manages to find someone who seemed to understand her physically and emotionally through a live-sex-chatroom, destiny played cruel and took it away from her.
Sita’s Curse is Meera’s story of breaking free of the bonds that held her…frustrated her. Over the years all Meera wanted was love, respect, acceptance and sexual fulfillment. Was it too much?
Final words – An intense, mature, bold, and off-beat story that leaves you thinking……read it – if not for the erotica but for brilliant story-telling.
‘Agnipareeksha…..’ the word returned to my lips again and again, as I wondered what sita’s own life had meant?
Not the Goddess. The woman. The wife.
If she were trapped in a stale, lifeless marriage…….or actually fell in love, after she had been kidnapped by ravana? What if the man who destroyed
Her was the one who desired her the most? What if she was just praying the price? For the simple irony of her own fate. Condemned and tarnished because she was wanted by someone else. For a temptation that wasn’t even hers.
“Sita’s Curse,’ I remembered Bapuji having once said.
Do read this brilliant detailed review on the book – http://www.sakshinanda.com/2014/05/book-review-sitas-curse-by-sreemoyee.html
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- This review is linked to my Indian Quills Challenge 2014 target (read about the challenge here)