Sita’s Curse by Sreemoyee Piu Kundu is a feminist erotica from India, having said this, this is just a miniscule introduction of a whole lot of much more. More of feminism, more of self realisation, more of emotions, more of being wanted, more of desires and more about curse crestfallen by the goddess of Indian mythology – Sita.
Meera, the protagonist of the story hails from a lower middle class family residing in Vadodara. She is one of the twins, second being her brother who is her mate in first encounters of being a mature individual and introduces her to her feminism.
The story is about her growth from a girl to a lady and her encounters with the males during the course. The story is an emotional first person narrative of a female who has all the assets that a woman would wish to possess in her body and all that a man would desire for in her female partner but some unsatisfied satisfaction still prevails as a curse and overshadows the mean creatures termed as “men”.
My interpretation of the title is how Meera, the symbolic character of Sita (she enacts Sita during Dusshera celebrations in her hometown)has been exploited by men (including her brother, her dance teacher, her husband, her locality dance instructor and a struggling actor turned porn model) and how her curse serves punishment for them.
This is the author’s second novel and she has been successful in grabbing attention despite a few loose ends left by her in the story. I guess, she left those so that readers have their own interpretations and could more easily feel connected to fictious characters in order to bring the fiction close to reality and easily relateable.
Her writing style is simple, addictive and engrossing. She has a descriptive tone in her writing that make scenes come live in front of eyes while reading.
Its a recommended read especially for those (gents and ladies alike) who consider females as a merely a commodity for personal satisfactions but leave her unsatisfied in terms of emotions, love, sympathy, affection, togetherness, physiologically and last but not the least, physically as well.
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About the Book
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 dea 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, Sita’s Curse looks at the hypocracy of Indian society and tells the compelling story of a middle-class Indian housewife’s urgent need of love, respect, acceptance – and sexual fulfilment.