Genre: Fiction; Pages 112; Paperback: Rs 180, ISBN no. 978-93-81205-63-1
“Ladies’ Compartment, 8.47 Local”
“Ladies’ Compartment, 8.47 Local” is a collection of twelve short stories about the women who commute daily on Mumbai’s local trains.Twelve, strong women characters, coming from different backgrounds, with different needs, desires and priorities form the back bone of every story. Their daily struggles with what society expects of them, and what they themselves expect of their own lives and the inevitable, head-on collision of these two disparate forces forms the story line.More than conventional conversation and dialogue, the language of the senses and sensual stimuli to create situations or explain them have been used.Binding the stories together,in a throw back to the old Greek chorus, is the narrator, a teacher in a suburban college.