Bookish Witch

Hate in the time of COVID by Sharath C George

Blurb (as on Amazon):

Sitara is a dutiful housewife living in an Indian metro city, tending to her elderly mother-in-law and cooking crispy dosas for her husband Harish who is often away from home for work. The pandemic changes things, making Harish homebound and eager to participate in symbolic gestures to honor healthcare workers even as Sitara toils away in the background, struggling to get essentials and hiding her terror at being locked inside with him.

Genre: Fiction/Short Story

Pages: 24

Format: Kindle eBook

Price: 49 INR/$0.99

My Rating: 4.7/5

Sitara is a simple homemaker taking care of her husband and her disabled mother-in-law. Her husband is a well-educated IT professional who is forced to stay indoors due to the lockdown in 2020. The dynamics between them change because of being confined and forced to stay with each other, with no escape.

What I liked about the book:

-> It focuses on urban patriarchy – a phenomenon that is as prevalent in modern India as in rural parts but not many people are aware or talk about it.
-> It talks about a social issue of abuse and has been written in a really nuanced way. The story not only talks about the big-bad physical abuse but also about the patriarchal entitlement and emotional abuse which is quite often ignored as not being a serious enough issue.

What I did not like about the book:

-> A lot of loose ends and unanswered questions for instance what was the issue with Sitara’s mother-in-law, did Sitara have a miscarriage, etc.

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