Tales in Colour and Other Stories

Tales in Colour and Other Stories

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These deceptively simple stories uncover both the complexity and irony of womena€™s lives in Bhutan today. They show how ordinary lives, choices and experiences are both remarkable and poignant. In a€˜I am a Small Persona€™, a despised woman uses her femininity as a means to control a man; the young girl in a€˜I Wona€™t ask Mothera€™ suddenly feels empowered and confident when she makes a decision without consulting her mother. All the stories take place in rural settings, to which creeping urbanisation brings gradual change, and tensions surface between the new and the old, or the traditional and the modern. For many rural women, being able to connect to the city and all its perceived power and glamour is a very real aspiration. This yearning is exemplified in a€˜Look at her Belly Button, a€™ where a young woman effortlessly slips out of the role of a farmer to become a a€˜real Bhutanesea€™ urbanite. Published by Zubaan.Yeshimo imagined her friend operating all those machines. How important she must feel! She had felt so proud when she had cooked rice in the electric rice cooker the first time. ... No salary, no prestige, just doing nameless jobs day after day.

Title:Tales in Colour and Other Stories
Author: Kunzang Choden
Publisher:Zubaan - 2012-06-25

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