Unbound is an anthology of works (prose and poetry) on the theme of 'Freedom', brought out by a group of writers, mostly from India. There are over a dozen stories here, each dealing with the subject in their unique way. The voices we get to read here are not only powerful, but some are polished, some are raw, and all have a story to tell.
A few highlights:
"Hot Toddy" takes us to the choices that lead a handsome, educated young banker to pursue a career as a a male gigolo;
"Invisible Chains" is a stark look at marital abuse;
"Jaanaki Kaki" is a remarkable exploration of what freedom can mean to a destitute, aging domestic worker;
"Freedom: The Outburst of Emotions" is a roller-coaster ride to pre-1947 India and an intersection point in the lives of a dance-teacher, a British government official, a firebrand nationalist and an urchin vegetable-seller;
"Winds of Change" takes a nuanced, sensitive and up-close look at life in a Mumbai chawl, and how 'freedom' can reside in the things we in middle-class India take for granted;
"Love of the Common People", details a mid-life crisis of an unremarkable individual and
"The Makeover" takes a rather daring look at freedom as defined by one's personal identity.
There's more stories by some exciting young (and young-at-heart) authors that deserve a read-through as well!
Disclaimer: The magazine includes a contribution by me in the form of a short story.
(review of free book)