Women have been waging a battle against the society since the time immemorial. She gains ground but the success sadly does not spill onto the society and all women. Hence the need of waging crusade has been a continuous state of affair.
Take a break from romance, read some stories and poems: unrelated but amazingly related, stories of you, me, her and all.
A Calendar Too crowded: Sagarika Chakraborty is such a war directed against time and the society: the perpetrators of crime against women.
A Calendar Too crowded, is not a book but release of HER angst against the society and time, a clarion call for emancipation, a call for freedom and a vehement voice against the ills of the society. This is not a book but spots of darkness to which the society will have to shed light.
The writer has touched almost all aspects of the ills that SHE faces in her day to day life being a daughter, being a daughter-in-law, being a sister to a brother, being a mother and mother-in-law and being a career professional.
A Calendar Too crowded, deals with sexual harassment, female foeticide, molestation in workplace, the problem of single mother, being barren, being a mother of a son, dowry death, the problem of widows, the compulsion of prostitution and choice of her dresses and many more.
The book explores HER in all facets of life and calls the society to change its attitude towards HER.
This reminds me of the wretched plight of Sati in the kingdom of Meluha being a Vikarma and the freedom the princess of Ayodhya Anandamayi along with others enjoyed in her kingdom, well described by Amish Tripathy in the ‘The immortal of Meluha’ the first of the book in the Shiva Trilogy.
The book calls the society to open up its closed eyes and rethink about the norms and view points so that both HE and SHE live in an idyllic society.
Written in a style that spills simplicity but pungent in voice, this book calls for freedom, calls for betterment, calls for thorough reform in perspectives of all towards HER.
If this is an indication, more such books are expected from Sagarika Chakraborty as this is not a book to read and forget but feel proud of. Not a book of romance but the words and purports are themselves romance on paper.
Kudos to writer.