SHAKE THE BOTTLE BY ASHAPURNA DEBI Book 24


Shake the Bottle is a colelction of short stories in a Bengali background. Renouned Bengali writer's stories are being traslatedd by Arunava Sinha.

Coming to the stories, they are all about human relations. Each story reflects the authors persective, which surprisingly is not biased towards women and hence it is comforting to the readers since the women's literature these days are replete with women-are-the-best tales. Author has also depicted the relations between women and put forth to the readers as to how two perspectives can be so extreme despite the gender. Author has shown how, the societal approval can influence someone's behaviour through the story 'Blue Blood'. 'Chhinnamasta' is a typical Mother-in-law, Daughter-in-law tussle. While reading the story the readers would start feeling that the author is of the opinion that often the mother-in-laws are the ill treated ones but the climax of the tale is equaly quirky and tragic, that shows the toxic mentality of the society. Further four stories 'revelation', 'game', 'weapon' and 'love' have surprise endings, some of ehich could be predicted. Game is an interesting story with a different approach from the author's end.

The title short story 'Shake the bottle' failed to impress the readers. It could have been on of the many stories rather than one that the colleciton is named after. Author has a unique talent of exploiting the human emotions. Relationships are the key ingredient of the cocktail of emotions in the stories. The translator Arunava Sinha has sone an exemplary job by making sure the crux and life of the stories are not lost. The stories are brimful of the beauty of the Bengali culture and the translator has made sure not the lose that soul.

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