Book: Written in Tears
Author: Arupa Patangia Kalita
Publication: Harper Perennial India
Arupa Patangia Kalita was born in 1956 in Assam. Her books have been translated into various languages like English, Hindi, and Bengali. Her works centre around the political & social lives of the lower & middle-class people who have to live under the fear and trauma of insurgency. She was awarded Sahitya Akademi Award in 2014
She writes many novels & short stories. She also voices against the injustices against women in society…
“I am a woman and hence I write woman about women in my society.”
“A text is a text, written by a woman or a man. I feel, after it is published and given away to the readers to judge, it should be considered merely as a text and judged according to its merit as a text, not on the basis of gender.”
“…you can call me a feminist per a humanist lent I feel being a feminist and humanist are not contradictory.”
She is one of the poignant voices in contemporary Assamese literature. She is a truthful & bold chronicler of her time… In this book, we find too many references to other books like Tony Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.
She even translated it, into Assamese.
Written in Tears is Arupa Patangia Kalita’s Short Story Collection which comprises eight stories.
The Cursed Fields of Golden Rice
Face in the Mirror
The Half-burnt Bus at Midnight
The Girl with Long Hair
Surabhi Barua and the Rhythm of Hooves
Ayengla of the Blue Hills