Written in tears by Arupa P Kalita review.

‘Written in tears’ is a collection of 8 short stories which were originally in Assamese, and are translated in English by Ranjita Biswas. Arupa Patangia Kalita is a well known name in Assamese literature, she has also translated Toni Morrison’s The Bluest eye in Assamese.

The book offers a glimpse into Assam’s violent period which wrecked the state for decades. The stories are very powerful, some even moved me to tears. The translator has done an excellent job in translating the stories, she kept the essence alive.

The symbolism used by the Author is brilliant. We also learn about the conflict situation and the people caught in the ideology and also about the people who suffered endlessly.

It also introduces us to the local customs and traditions, flora and fauna, various cuisines and folk songs. I loved how the native words were kept the same in the translation. It felt like we are connected to them. Assam is a beautiful state and it saddens me to think how its beauty was destroyed.

This book is a must must read if you want to start reading about the North East region of our country. I, for one, had very little knowledge about our North East, and I feel ashamed to say this, I had to research a lot to actually know about the movement.

The story which haunted me the most was “The half burnt bus at midnight”.

Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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