Book Review – Sita’s Curse- The Language Desire

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DETAILS

Title : Sita’s Curse- The Language Desire
Author : Sreemoyee Piu Kundu
Publishers : Hachette India
Genre : Fiction

The name Sita’s Curse sounded mysterious. Hence when BlogAdda put up the book for review under their Book Review Programme, I decided I must check it out. But what actually got me interested was the blurb

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 unpredictable need. Until one cataclysmic day in Mumbai, when she finally breaks free…..

Bold, brazen and defiant, Sita’s Curse looks at the hypocrisy of Indian Society and tells the compelling story of a middle- class Indian housewife’s urgent need for love, respect, acceptance- and sexual fulfillment.

THE AUTHOR

An ex Lifestyle Editor and former PR head, Sreemoyee Piu Kundu is now a full time novelist. Her other works of significance are A pleasant kind of heavy and other erotic stories, You’ve Got the Wrong Girl and Cut! Her next work in line is a political tragedy named Rahula.

The Book

What to look for in the book?

True to its tagline – “The Language of Desire”, Sita’s Curse deals with the emotions, sexual desires, cravings of a normal woman. The author gives words to the desires, the expectations of the ordinary Indian woman in a male- dominated society in detail, through the life, the emotions, and the actions of Meera the protagonist. She reveals the hypocrisy of the Indian Society.

The book is divided into two parts. In the first part we get to have a close look at the young Meera, the adolescent Meera and her relationship with her twin Karthik, her awareness of the changes taking place within her.

The second part deals with the married Meera, a woman deprived of proper marital bliss, one forced to live her desire in dreams, in fantasy. In Meera the protagonist, we find a reflection of those innumerable haunting eyes we comes across so very often, eyes seeking answers to some really thought provoking questions regarding the very existence of women. Here we also see the dignity of a helpless woman being trampled time and again

How did I find the book? Did it meet my expectations?

In a land where speaking openly about sex is frowned upon even today, writing an erotica and that too with vivid descriptions does take some courage. But then to put her thoughts across Sreemoyee Piu Kundu has chosen her plot, her words and her lines well.

The reader can easily relate with Meera, her feelings, her sufferings and her state of mind at being rejected time and again. To be frank, Meera’s relationship with her twin Karthik, in later years i.e. when both reach adolescence left me disturbed. But then I believe that in today’s world relationships have undergone a sea change. There was a time when the father, brothers, uncles and cousins were a girl’s best bodyguard. Dare to even eye her with evil intention and you’ve had it from these men folk. But today things have taken a different turn. There are umpteen cases where the girl’s biggest enemy lurks within the four walls of her very home. And you find a reflection of this changed scenario in the first part.

The flow of the book, the vividness of the descriptions and the language is indeed commendable. The author has been able to bring the characters alive, hardly missing any detail of significance.

How do I rate this novel?

Overall I rate this book as 2.5 on a scale of 5.

My Recommendation

If you are looking for something serious then maybe this is it. But then a word of caution- The genre is erotica. Pick it up only if you are comfortable with this genre. To be frank I had no idea of the genre when I applied for the book on BlogAdda.

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About Geeta Nair

Born in Independent India to two really wonderful people who cherished and nourished me with great care, I consider myself lucky to have had the best that life could offer me. Lucky to have had the best education , the best sibling, the best husband, the best daughter,the best of everything that I could ever want, Love to live life on my terms .

7 responses »

  1. This book is such a disappointing read. Where is the love and acceptance she is searching for? She is still searching at the end of it. Having sex with faceless and nameless men is not “true liberation”…where is the story in the book and the Sita connection? It is just a glorification of Meera’s desires….which are only sexual…where as Vrinda is written off in contempt…it is she who makes her life meaningful by having a career and being an independent woman after her husband’s death.

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  2. I haven’t read this book, and not sure if i will pick it up anytime soon…somehow the title of the book seems as if is picked for its shock-value, and that in itself is a turnoff for me for some reason 🙂 I have nothing against the content of it (based on what I have read in some of its reviews so far), but as Janaki says in her comment if it is just a surface level glorification and nothing substantial, I have my doubts if I will enjoy reading it.
    Thanks for the review.

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