First of all, when I got this book, I assumed it would probably be another version of Kama sutra but probably with a lot less pictorial representation. I was curious as to what it had to offer since a trusted friend recommended it and I must say, it was worth the read.
This book is not just about a couple of middle aged women writing erotic stories, its about a culture of silence that keeps women perpetually mute. Its about a culture that expects compliance and obedience to a dictated life. Where rebels are a lot less appreciated and everyone is expected to comply with the status quo.
Balli Kaur is a beautiful writer and wove a powerful and compelling story which had the widows moving from a culture of subservience which expected the women to sit quietly in the shadows, to the women exploring their imaginations and their concepts of sexuality and eventually, their ability to speak for themselves.
The women were given an opportunity to tell their stories, and from so doing, it birthed a revolution. The women were able to recognize their own strengths and the changes that can come from speaking out. This change was however not restricted to a particular location but like a fire being given life, it was spread across locations.
An important lesson I learnt is that stories are compelling and powerful tools with which we can birth change. It’s by telling the truth in our stories that others may through us learn