Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sita's Curse: The Language of Desire by Sreemoyee Piu Kundu

Totally bamboozled into reading this book. No I am no goody two shoes who feels shy in reading erotica. But when I got this book from India ( I told my MIL to buy this book!!!!), I had no idea what this book is all about. My bad! I should have read the reviews. Well. To cut the long story short I read my first 'desi' erotica. Not shy of words Ms.Kundu has made me gulp a few times, rewind the pages , re read before the word soaring high was fully understood by me. It was definitely not a flight if the birds ! 

I have nothing against erotica. I just don't promote it because I promote kids books too. And well these two cannot be on the same page. So why the heck am I reviewing this. I just want to ask the writer and Hatchette that please state clearly on the cover that this book is an erotica. For the name Sita's Curse sounds mythological and that is not good for kids and many ladies who may not read this genre. Let people make an educated choice regarding such book. Ultimately those who want to buy will buy. 

Ms. Kundu, great attempt. Hats off to your boldness and you almost pulled it off. Except Meera came off as a nymphomaniac. You could have avoided the bro relationship or at least justified it. Nora Roberts has used incest in many of her stories. But they either always had a reason or they ended in a definite way. Here there was no ending. It was left hanging in between a string of flowery language. Why did the brother die? Was it guilt? Or was it unfulfilled desire? Here it was like the writer did not know what to do with him so it is better to drown him. 

Meera’s sexual desires had no wings. They were everywhere and anywhere. Even a man, a Casanova has limitations. At least keep that. Here it was anybody and anywhere. That is not a language of Desire.. but A language of a nymphomaniac.. and certainly does not represent Female erotica. … or does it? :O 

Frankly speaking what made me so sad about this book was it is really very beautifully written. I really wish Ms. Kundu’s next book will have a reason for a woman having sex and not just a never ending different postures and types and ways you can have sex without your husband knowing. 

Now let me close my eyes and do my meditations. I need some cleansing .. *shucks!! GURUJI :O

12 comments:

  1. Erotica or Porn hiding behind that word? :D

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    1. Depends Sundari :) If hiding under the blanket and reading like a teenager then it is a porn, but if you sit on on a sofa, sophistically sipping a magaritta.. no one will dare to say you are reading a porn .. they'll call it women oriented Erotica :D

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    2. a rose by so many names...........

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  2. Could not help smiling at this review Rubina :) Indeed...when the cover of this book started flooding my newsfeeds, I too thought it is a mythological fiction. Only when Janu put up her review, I understood this is erotica...not my cup of tea. I think the problem with most authors attempting erotica is that they almost always associate erotic with something sexually explicit - and thus ironically kill the 'erotic' aspect. There is a very fine line between the erotic, the sensuous and the downright crass. And I'm quite tired of this trend of associating the word 'liberation' with, more often than not, only sexual liberation. And even at that sexual liberation is qualified and quantified by a woman having multiple sexual partners.

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    1. Welcome to my blog Moonbeam :) I could not help gigling when I read this book. Imagine sitting with the whole family, reading an erotica and getting away with it :D Its scary acutally when you think of the number of 'partners' she had. On one side we are screaming protective sex and on the other we are screaming sexual liberation. Our little girls will surely get a mixed signal. I am all for writing erotica. But as a writer have some responsibitliy too. Just ot sell a book you give it a mythological name and then call it women fiction.

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  3. Couldn't for the life figure out the connection between Meera and Seeta :O

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    1. From what I thought Sri,, Sita one man army. Meera.. one thought army .. Our Meera..... all men army. *nodding my head with a contemplative look

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  4. Aptly summed up Rubina. Actually SEX is the protagonist in this story rather than Meera.

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    1. B I N G O !!! And the protagonist was made to run a bit wild... :P

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  5. Excellent review. In the zeal of creating an erotica probably the writer forgot all her (and her character's) limits and cooked out a cheap and illogical stuff...

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