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All Seasons Alike

 | Book Awards 2022 | Contemporary Fiction

All Seasons Alike

All Seasons Alike is Bindiya’s journey starting from a small chawl in Mumbai’s Sakinaka, where three underprivileged women (she, her mother and her grandmother) thrived together. From free langars to studying in an exploitative NGO- Bindiya wanted to break this circle of under-privilege and poverty. But what when you have a series of people playing against you? From Mumbai’s Bindiya in the past to Dilli’s Shaina in the present, this story captures the struggles of a woman who grew up suffering at the hands of every man who played a major role in her life.

Full Title: All Seasons Alike

Author: Kavya Sharma
Publisher: StoryMirror Infotech Pvt Ltd.

Award Category: Contemporary Fiction
About the Book: 

All Seasons Alike is Bindiya's journey of life which starts from a small chawl in Mumbai's Sakinaka, where three underprivileged women (she, her mother, and her grandmother) thrived together some days on compassion, some days belittling each other. From free langars every Tuesday to studying in SUDHAAR and taking a leap of faith- Bindiya wanted to break this circle of under-privilege and poverty, get educated and make a living. But what when you have a series of people playing against you? So much so that you shift cities, run away from your past and change your identity.
From Mumbai's Bindiya in the past to Dilli's Shaina in the present, this story captures the struggles of a woman who grew up suffering at the hands of every man who played a major role in her life, falling back to the same old pattern. The journey captures the life of not just Bindiya/Shaina but women like her- bringing in the themes of sisterhood and a sense of belonging when you have no one to fall back to.
Though, dear reader I ask of you- what when even after all this running, you come back to full circle? When your past collides with the present? How do we end such tragic stories? Maybe, we don't.


About the Author: 

Kavya Sharma has completed her Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Nottingham, England. She has authored two books till now namely a Y/A women's fiction novel called “To Naddiyaa” published by StoryMirror and a poetry collection called “The Carmine Memories: An Insane Woman's Poetry” published by Partridge India. Apart from that her poems/short fictions have been featured in various anthologies/literary magazines including Ninety Seven Poems by Terribly Tiny Tales (published by Penguin), A Map Called Home by Kitaab Org. Singapore, The Bangalore Review, Out of Print Magazine, Thought Catalog, Indus Woman Writing, Audible Suno, etc. Kavya has been recognised as the 100 Most Inspiring Authors of Indian, 2018


Excerpt: 

I went to study in an open NGO called SUDHAAR. Just behind the 27 year-old paan shop in Rustom market in Sakinaka, it was very near to my place. They had classes from morning 9 to 12 and then from 4 to 6 in the evening. The time was set keeping in mind that many children studying at the NGO were child labourers and had working hours. My Amma took me out of the government school when she saw a teacher twisting my hand behind my back and beating me up, I told her it was because I wrote the wrong spelling of the word ‘atmosphere’, she didn’t understand, but it was enough for her to get me out of that place.


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