Testimonials from Readers

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The Arithmetic of Breasts and other stories: A cluster of 7½ literary short stories presenting the romantic-sexual facets of: Narain who lusts for Munika, Old Jaganlal who wants a favour from young Dia, Jackie who is in love with Nic, a surgeon who is changing more than a patient’s hairline, nose, lip, and chin, Shonali and Neel who are realizing that infidelity might not be such an easy thing, a woman who walks the tight rope between tradition and sexual exploitation, and Sunil who meets the woman of his desires through an adult dating site. Through these stories, Rochelle Potkar explores the intensely personal ‘unrelationship’ that exists alongside its conventional and socially articulate twin, the relationship.
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    This book can best be described as a journey through life, its like opening someone's personal diary and intruding on their every thought and feeling. Even though the characters world-view and culture are different from mine, I still could relate to it well.

    Claire Richards
  • There are books and then there are masterpieces. It’s like a glowing tribute to womanhood so sensuous yet so realistic which often reminds us of our personal identities. One can easily relate to the protagonists in the book and get transported in their worlds for a moment.

    Jastine Jose
  • paresh tiwari

    There are accidents, chances, flukes, fate and then there is serendipity. Discovering ‘The Arithmetic of Breasts and other stories’ by a lilting new voice was most definitely the last one.
    The short stories in the book - seven in total (and two half stories as the author prefers to call them) are a bouquet bound in the trellis of human emotions, needs, wants, complexities and complexes.

    Paresh Tiwari
  • Dominic

    …one cannot help marvelling at her ability to write with intelligence and empathy about her characters. Here is a perspective that isn’t clouded by sentimentality or camp, but one that brings out the dynamics of human relationships and the meaning of love in its varied forms into clear-eyed focus.

    Partners in marriage, elderly widowers, sex-deprived young men and cheating couples, all find a real voice here. And along with the ability for dialogue, Potkar can also weave magic into her beautiful prose that lights up the rooms, the buildings and the streets she describes in vivid detail.

    Dominic Alapat
  • ash rane

    I loved reading The Arithmetic of Breasts and Other Stories by Rochelle Potkar. It is beautifully written and various emotions are depicted marvelously. After a long time, I have read such a good ebook.

    Ashwini Rane
  • Its my first ebook purchase and I have no regrets.I found the language rich, almost poetic, with good choice of words.
    There are multiple characters that one can/would like to relate to in day to day life and conflicting emotions that one routinely experiences.

    Dr. Jignesh Sejpal
  • teja

    Passion that is sometimes dark, sometimes vain and sometimes frail - well a lot of shades of passion have been explored through the characters and stories. It felt like I knew someone who had a few shades of some of the characters...so in that sense it felt real. But when I scrolled down the last page after reading it, I felt the stories of these characters were revealed unabashedly.

    Teja Pratap
  • anjana

    Compelling and interesting read. The Arithmetic of Breasts and Other Stories by Rochelle Potkar is a collection which reverberates the thoughts of a common public. It is so personally said, beautifully conceived and elegantly depicted through a series of emotions.

    Anjana Nair
  • Shana

    The seemingly unimportant patterns of our lives are brought out in a very nuanced manner. Sometimes begging the reader to reread a paragraph just to delve into the seriousness it portrays.


    Shana Susan