Title: Disobedient Girls (The Story Project Book 8)
Publisher: Tell Me Your Story
Publication Date: April 18th, 2022
Disobedient Girls is a collection of 12 short stories and 5 poems across geography, history, class, and culture.
Quoting the editor Snigdha Basu – “It takes time to bring a change. A collective effort of challenging and disobeying the limiting thought structures can put a wheel in motion. May this anthology serve as a written record of our strife for a change.”
Timid, subservient, and self-sacrificing. The ideal woman. It is high time we changed the narrative. Celebrate and support the woman of today who challenges patriarchy on a daily basis.
One of my picks for #CauseAChatter this quarter is Women’s Empowerment. And what better book to recommend than one that celebrates brave and outspoken women. Women who refuse to fit into a mould. Women who are labeled disobedient.
Each iteration of The Story Project features an anthology of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. The previous ones have included themes ranging from women’s education to financial freedom to social conditioning. Stories from the less explored north east and even ghost stories. The theme for The Story Project 8 is disobedient girls. Short stories and poems focusing on women questioning patriarchy and power structures.
I have always tried to promote books that often slip under the radar. Books that often miss all the hype and deserve more love. Disobedient Girls is one such book. All of 165 pages, it can be read in a day. But it is a kind to take in slow. To read a story or a poem, take the time to mull over it before moving to the next.
But my stiff neck refused to bow down in subservience, making me the bad-mouthed, evil-tempered, disobedient daughter of Baptista, the unconventional muse of Shakespeare.
One of my favorite short stories is The Myth of the Shrew by Sonia Dogra, a feminist retelling of The Taming of the Shrew. A peek into Katherine’s mind as she recalls her experiences. A story that leaves your disturbed. Unfortunately, The Bard’s sexist “comedy” continues to be a pop-culture favorite.
Not all heroes wear capes. Her Hidden Dreams by Harshita Nanda is about an uneducated mother who wishes for a better life for her daughter. The back story is equally interesting.
Queen Abbakka Chowta is one of the many history seems to have forgotten. Abbakka by Ashvani Sachdev narrates the story of the first Indian freedom fighter and her disobedience against the Portugese.
These are just a sample of the stories. I could go and on but will leave the rest for you to explore further.
…. winning and losing is not so important. But giving up without a fight is certainly disgraceful.
Be sure to check out the video links at the end of the book for panel discussions with authors, journalists, and scholars. They range from women’s evolution in popular fiction to the portrayal of women as vamps across pop culture and media to disobedient girls in Indian mythology. They are a treat and I spent hours catching up on them.
I highly recommend you pick the book. It is available in ebook format on Kindle Unlimited. The theme of Story Project 10 is Devi and I am looking forward to it. I also plan to explore TMYS’s catalog further.
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