BR #91 | Love Letters with Spelling Mistakes | Vaijayanthi Subramanian | Think Tank Books | ★★★★★

Book - Love Letters with Spelling Mistakes
Author - Vaijayanthi Subramanian
Publisher - Think Tank Books
Rating - ★★★

Author Bio: (from book) Dr. Vaijayanthi Subramanian completed her MD in Psychiatry from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurological Sciences. She is currently working as an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at MS Ramaiah Medical College, Bengaluru and consultant Psychiatrist at Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. She has worked extensively with survivors of child sexual abuse and published papers in peer-reviewed indexed journals. She has conducted several workshops in sensitization about abuse at Bengaluru, Mysore and Colombo at Sri-lanka.

Dr. Subramanian has been a professional expert of psychiatry on local TV channels, Chandana, Suvarna News, Samaya, Digvijaya, Udaya etc. and on FM Radio. She is multifaceted, having dabbled at theatre, a Bharathnatyam dancer and a musician.

Some of her poems were published in two anthologies ‘Peacock’s Cry’ (2006) and ‘I, Me and Myself’ (2009). Her book Silent Flute (2013) was published as a part of Navodaya program to encourage Indian English writing in writers below 40 years by Kendra Sahitya Akademi, carries an eloquent foreword by late Dr. U.R. Ananthamurthi.

Book Review: "Love Letters with Spelling Mistakes" by Vaijayanthi Subramanian is a collection of eight short stories on empowered women in India facing challenges like gender bias, inequality of opportunity, female infanticide and many more. The author is a psychiatrist herself, and therefore, has a unique take on these issues. She has voiced her opinion through words and has been successful in portraying contemporary social issues faced by women. It is one of a kind book that urges readers to be aware of situations faced by women in India.

The eight short stories have different narrative styles. A few of them start with an appropriate quotation which sets the mood for reading.  The women in each short story are unique and come from different walks of life. These new characters add new voices to the problem being presented adding variety to the awareness mission of the author. However when faced with challenges and social stigma, how do these characters overcome themselves? Do they show resilience and fight, or do they subject themselves to the injustice silently? One must read these eight short stories to understand the nature of the difficulties faced and know the solutions offered. The author has successfully brought out the emotions buried deep inside women in our society and the dilemma they face when trying to convince people that they identify as equals.

This book will appeal to short story lovers and readers who like to read books on women empowerment. The mythological and philosophical references in a few pages are commendable. The writing style is simple and lucid and pays more emphasis on the problem at hand rather than to entertain the reader. This seriousness attempted by the author has successfully brought about a slow change in the readers' perception while going through the pages. 'The Union Territory', 'Dissescted Language', 'Night Jasmines', 'At the End of a Wave', 'Love Letters with Spelling Mistakes', 'Mother-Lnad', 'A Stage of Reactions' and 'Fame' are the eight short stories in this book, all equally praiseworthy.

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