This cluster of 7½ literary short stories presents to you the romantic-sexual facets of: Narain who lusts for Munika, hypnotized by her bosom in The Arithmetic of Breasts, and old Jaganlal who wants a favour from young Dia in The Room with a Sea-view.
Jackie who is in love with Nic in Sky Park, and the surgeon in Dr. Love who is changing much more than Sneha’s hairline, nose, lip and chin.
Shonali and Neel who are realizing that infidelity might not be such an easy thing in The Scent of a Conscience, and a woman who walks the tight rope between tradition and sexual exploitation in A place they call Scary.
And, Sunil who meets the woman of his desires in What Men Want through an adult dating site.
Through these stories, Rochelle Potkar explores the intensely personal ‘unrelationship’ that exists alongside its conventional twin, the relationship.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Writing in the literary genre gives me the room to explore more detail, and the luxury to stay in scenes for longer periods of time.
Writing in the speculative genre gives me the license to do crazy things and not worry too much about plausibility.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Don’t ever get disappointed for too long. Even if it is a natural emotion.
To want sleep at night is a natural need, but in some jobs it is prohibited.
Think: watchmen, guards, airlines, and so many other jobs.
So too in our writing lives, disappointment should be prohibited.
Or we shall collect one too many, each day.
Don’t permit that of yourself. Don’t Stop.
Rochelle Potkar’s short stories have appeared in Far Enough East, Sein und Werden, The Medulla Review, The Nassau Review, Women Writers, Writer’s Hub, Bewildering Stories, Cantaraville, Muse India, The Bangalore Review, Revenge Ink, Unisun, and Lame Goat Publications.
Born in small town Kalyan, she craved big city only to realize that Bombay was a small town in a large world. Now she waits for the galaxy to become a small town.
She narrated a true life tale at the Tall Tales storytelling event where her content and performance were lauded.
She lives in the ‘pandoramic’ city of Mumbai, with people real and imagined.What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
There were too many stories brimming over my laptop and I felt it was time I clustered some together and shot it across and shared it, so that space could be made for more stories.