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River of Flesh and Other Stories (English) (Paperback)

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ISBN: 9789385755583    Publisher: Speaking Tiger Year of publishing: 2016     No of Pages: 272        
River of Flesh and Other Stories brings together twenty-one stories about trafficked and prostituted women by some of India's most celebrated writers--Amrita Pritam Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay Indira...Read more
River of Flesh and Other Stories brings together twenty-one stories about trafficked and prostituted women by some of India's most celebrated writers--Amrita Pritam Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay Indira Goswami Ismat Chughtai J. P. Das Kamala Das Kamleshwar Krishan Chander Munshi Premchand Nabendu Ghosh Qurratulain Hyder Saadat Hasan Manto and Siddique Alam among others. Jugnu in Kamleshwar's 'River of Flesh' ('Maas ka Darya')--stares at a lifetime of servitude as age and disease take hold Ismat Chughtai creates the unforgettable character of Lajo in 'The Housewife' a carefree young woman who must conform to society's idea of decency or risk being branded a whore in 'Heeng-Kochuri' by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay a boy growing up near a red-light area discovers the adult world of patrons connoisseurs and customers--as well as savouries offered to young boys as bribe and in Manisha Kulshrestha's 'Kalindi' a son looks in through a window and his life falls to pieces around him. An unprecedented anthology--for its subject as well as for the range of authors and translators who are part of it--River of Flesh and Other Stories offers a harsh indictment of this practice of human slavery too often justified--and occasionally glorified--as the 'world's oldest profession'.
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About the author: Ruchira Gupta
Ruchira Gupta is a writer feminist campaigner professor at New York University and founder of the anti-sex-trafficking organization Apne Aap Women Worldwide.... Read more
Ruchira Gupta is a writer feminist campaigner professor at New York University and founder of the anti-sex-trafficking organization Apne Aap Women Worldwide. She won the Clinton Global Citizen award in 2009 the Sera Bangali Award in 2012 and an Emmy for outstanding investigative journalism in 1996. She has helped more than twenty thousand girls and women in India exit prostitution systems. She has also edited As If Women Matter an anthology of Gloria Steinem's essays and written manuals on human trafficking for the UN Office for Drugs and Crime.
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