That Woman You See
a collection of short stories
The book attempts to explore the heart and mind of the modern Indian woman; who is tired of suppressing her true nature, dreams and desires (in the largely patriarchal society) and wishes to express herself and do her own thing even at the cost of appearing odd and unconventional in front of her family and society at large.
The flavour of each story is different. And the author has experimented with narrative style and form. The themes in the book include: humour, pathos, love, infidelity, arranged marriage, colour bias, hope and joy. Giving it a whole new twist, the collection ends with a poem titled – ‘That woman you see,’ which is also the title of the book and gives out a brief description of the collection.
'That Woman You See is a fine tapestry of stories that define women of India.'
Priyanka Sinha Jha, Author of Supertraits of Superstars
‘With the consummate ease of a master storyteller, Sujata Parashar brings to life nine women, each striving for a life less ordinary. That Woman You See will make you cry, smile, and fall in love with the women in your life all over again.’
Siddhartha Gigoo, winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2015 (Asia)
The themes are commonplace but diverse and the freshness is because the writer carries no baggage while story telling. She is comfortable narrating the story of a unhappy and a happy married life and guiltless talking of an extra marital fling and a separated couple living in harmony the same breath. Even tales of office politics show no ran our and broken relationship betray no bitterness. The author takes no sides, gives no sermons, just relates the stories in simple easy short uncomplicated English. They are not great stories but lucid, readable and enjoyable.
Sandip Sen, Woman's Era