17 April, 2021

Who Seeks The Lamb’s Consent?

Sreemoyee Piu Kundu recounts a wife’s tale of matrimonial horror

Illustration by Sajith Kumar
Who Seeks The Lamb’s Consent?

Neeti (name changed on request), a 25-year-old ­homemaker, first wrote to me on Facebook, after reading snippets from my second book, Sita’s Curse, that I was still in the process of writing. For a long time, in fact, her mail lay in the ‘Other’ folder that often remains an anonymously absentee space. She was keen to meet me in ­person and kept ­asking if we could have a personal dialogue. She said parts of her life bore a strange and uncanny resemblance to my novel, as it was unfolding. Truth be told, I was a tad reluctant to take a break from my reclusive and regimented ­writer’s life to meet a veritable stranger, and, quite honestly, I wasn’t even sure Neeti’s story would have any lasting meaning for me. For a while, I stayed numb, until a mail popped up again. “I coming Delhi,” it read. Something primordial stirred in me. And I asked Neeti to meet me at a quaint cafe in south Delhi’s Defence Colony. I also gave the driver directions on the phone.

I still didn’t know that the encounter would...

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