That's quizzical! What begins at home readers? Yeah, the ruin of lives, humiliation, scathing rejection, deceptions... The list is endless. That's the theme of the book. The location of the homeground for crimes.
Sanyukta Dasgupta's tales in this recently published book by Virasat Art Publication, narrows down life's voice to the essentials. Very few of us realise the truth that the emancipation of woman from the varied shackles of life is a reality that will never be true. The stories are about life that curls up on the pages as tales. Do we need a whipping rod or a magical talisman to make such things disappear. The eleven rapists of Bilkis Banu have had their mouths full of sweets, liberated. Further encouragement to crimes!
As an avid storyteller her stories have baggages of the great hurt of everything. She touches the wounds that are honestly beyond spatial and temporal boundaries as they roar! But those roars are tamed. Why?
A father gets into bed with his young daughter during the two days that the mother is absent, promising her with gifts. When the traumatized girl tells her mother and asks for a police case against her father, it is the mother who withdraws. Can the girl ever be a whole human being in life? 'Metamorphosis' with the new turn that our society these days is exposed to, is a story of the new breed of the Indian diaspora living abroad. What are their dreams about, what do they really crave, how have they grown so cruel and ruthless as to leave their ageing parents not only alone when they in fact needed care, but ordered to have them shorn of the very homestead that they took such pride in. Our Indian sentiments in our family homes, where our ancestors once lived and flourished, is scorned at. It is the virtual new wife of the son (I refuse to call her a daughter-in-law...she cares two hoots for her husband's family) who becomes the dictator and her slave, sorry husband (the family's son) becomes her slave for life. For the old parents the metamorphosis of their son is so very traumatic and humiliating that readers are left with goosebumps and tears.
"Hair raising" is another bitter tale. Here the male ego of a scoundrel who wanted a promising young Bela with dreams to study and achieve success, was taught a lesson in his crooked style. She had not provoked him, but the sixteen year old girl who wanted to be "like her Chief MInister" died a pathetic death on the road!