Panty

Panty A woman arrives alone in Kolkata taking refuge in a deserted apartment while she waits to undergo an unspecified surgery In this disorienting city everything seems new and strange the pavement dwell

  • Title: Panty
  • Author: Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay Arunava Sinha
  • ISBN: 9781911284000
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Paperback
  • A woman arrives alone in Kolkata, taking refuge in a deserted apartment while she waits to undergo an unspecified surgery In this disorienting city, everything seems new and strange the pavement dwellers outside her block, the collective displays of religiosity, the power cuts and alarming acts of arson Her sense of identity already shaken, when she finds a stained pairA woman arrives alone in Kolkata, taking refuge in a deserted apartment while she waits to undergo an unspecified surgery In this disorienting city, everything seems new and strange the pavement dwellers outside her block, the collective displays of religiosity, the power cuts and alarming acts of arson Her sense of identity already shaken, when she finds a stained pair of leopard print panties in the otherwise empty wardrobe she begins to fantasise about their former owner, whose imagined life comes to blur with and overlap her own.Pairing manic energy with dark eroticism, Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay s writing has a surreal, feverish quality, slipping between fluid subjects with great stylistic daring Credited with being the woman who reintroduced hardcore sexuality into Bengali literature , Bandyopadhyay is neither superficial nor sensationalistic, equally concerned with debates on religion and nationhood as with gender and sexuality.

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    1. Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay Arunava Sinha

      When Panty was first published in Bengali, it created a furore a reaction that is par for the course for Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay.Her controversial first novel Shankini made for an explosive debut.Since then she has published nine novels and over fifty short stories Also a newspaper columnist and a film critic, Sangeeta lives and writes in Kolkata.

    244 thoughts on “Panty”

    1. She “who had no name, no identity, no family, no city or village, no property or assets” arrives in the city in the middle of the night and is put up in a large dark apartment by a mysterious man. The only thing left in the apartment (there is no light, our narrator is in darkness metaphorically and physically), is a pair of stained leopard skin panties. Due to the onset of our protagonist’s period and with no other clothes our mystery woman puts in the panties;I slipped into the panty.Wha [...]


    2. Read more on my blog : notchaitea.wordpress/ Panty is originally written in Bengali by Sangeeta Bandhyopadhyay (SB) and has been translated into English by Arunava Sinha. SB is described as “the woman who reintroduced hardcore sexuality into Bengali literature”[1] so I was both intrigued and bit wary of a mills and boonesque horror awaiting me. Instead, I was met with a no-nonsense portrayal of contemporary Indian society, which explores female sexuality as only one of its themes. Among othe [...]


    3. The Tilted Axis cover of this book is infinitely better. I can't imagine a piece of experimental fiction written by a man would get this corny a cover. but ignore it because: this prose poem of a book is a series of shuffled, surreal, bruising vignettes. It's provocative and unusual and definitely worthwhile.


    4. This slight novel contains two stories within it's 122 pages.The first is the main story Panty and is about a woment with no name, friends, family to mention of arriving and living in a new city in a flat owned by a man we don't know whilst she is awaiting an operation.The book is based in Kolcata, India and at times as you are absorbed into the poetic prose, you can feel the heat emanating from the page. The chapters are composed in a unique style out of sequence which give us moments of visera [...]


    5. Every year I try to read a few translated novels in order to vary my reading but I always end up being dissatisfied. Panty was no exception.A lady moves into a flat and finds a used panty in a wardrobe. When she puts it on, she begins to imagine the previous owner who wore it. This leads to a tale fusing sexuality and religion. Eventually the previous owner's life is fused with the current owner until the truth comes out and the offending underwear has to be disposed of.I didn't mind the transla [...]


    6. Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay, 'the woman who reintroduced hardcore sexuality to Bengali literature.'This was dark, explicit, and a bit weird (usually positive adjectives for me), however I'm not entirely convinced that the writing was up to par. However, I totally understand that this could be down to the translation and not Bandyopadhyay herself.


    7. A solid 2.5 rounded up. I did enjoy this. Didn't really understand much of what was going on mind you, but liked some parts all the same.


    8. Kind of a weird reading experience. This is actually 2 novellas, but the jacket description on my copy doesn't mention that, and only describes the 2nd story. So I'm reading and it keeps not matching what I expect it to be about. As it turns out, I actually enjoyed the first novella more. Both pieces had surreal aspects, but I found more to engage with in the character in the first, maybe because her details were just a little more colored in. Definitely a book with interesting things to think a [...]


    9. I had a lot of eyes staring at the cover of this book as I was reading it, and me being me, I could not care less. That is all there is to it in our society I think. A word or a picture that titillates to get people to stare and perhaps even pass judgment. “Panty” also did that in a quiet way and I knew I would get the stares as I would remove it from my bag in public and read it with great delight and joy. To me the book was all about shedding inhibitions and being the person you are – or [...]


    10. A woman steps into an apartment in Kolkata. It’s nighttime, and none of the light switches work. She finds a mirror, but when she touches her hair her reflection does not replicate the gesture. She showers, and as she’s showering she can hear a phone ringing. The next morning, she finds a stained, abandoned pair of women’s leopard-print underwear at the bottom of a wardrobe. And later that day, a menstrual emergency forces her to replace her own underwear with the leopard-print pair. But a [...]


    11. Incomprehensible, which made this unpleasant reading. Although I did notice as I got to the end that the chapters are misnumbered: I wonder what would have happened if I had read them in the designated number order, rather than in a traditional left to right fashion. That's an interesting idea - a book that can be read in more than one direction - though unfortunately this wasn't the sort of book that inspired any desire for a re-read.


    12. I rarely manage to read a book in one sitting, even the shorter ones, because I'm just that kind of reader. Panty I couldn't stop reading - all the separate strands, knitted together outside of a chronological order or even identifiable names/characters felt wonderfully at once but surreal and real. Insanity became reality as that too was highlighted as madness. Love, apathy, dissociation, and hurt dripped from each snippet, often simultaneously.


    13. 3.5. A short novella about a woman who arrives in Kolkata to undergo some kind of surgery. I enjoyed the snippets of city life and learning more about the woman's history, but ultimately I was left frustrated with how little information we were given, both on the woman and what she was going through.


    14. At times I really did like this novel, but overall I just found it a bit difficult to understand because of how experimental it was. I'd still read something else by this author, but I'd want to read it slowly next time and with someone else who I could discuss it with.


    15. Brief, heady and seductive. Like the brief, transformative kiss from an unknown mouth the protagonist experiences, the dream like sequences left me wanting more.



    16. Panty is very much that surreal, hazy short novel that has become so popular within the translated literature community in recent years. The book is a vague, deliberately confusing mish-mash of experiences, overlayed with quiet reflections on sexuality, art, and independence. It's a uniquely written text, certainly, with alternating styles and perspectives that blur the lines between characters, reality, and imagination. Read full review here: biblibio/2017/08/


    17. This edition contained two novellas - Panty and Hypnosis, the latter being the longer one.After Cuckold and One Part Woman, this was a very different read. Compared to their realistic, simple, narrative style, this is surreal, dreamlike, vignette style writing. In Hypnosis, a brief but intense encounter between the lead female character and a musician leaves her feeling disoriented and sends her on a wild trip of trying to make sense of it all. There are paranormal encounters, drugs and of cours [...]


    18. The book begins with a woman entering an empty apartment and finding only a used panty. She is equally disgusted and intrigued with it and so she does not throw it away but places it back in the otherwise empty closet.From there we have 122 intense pages, a short but thrilling read touching on sexuality, loneliness, one's relationship with their nation. The narrative is completely disjointed and surreal which may put some readers off, or like me, you might find it even more intriguing trying to [...]


    19. I wanted to be fascinated by this, but regrettably I was just bored. This has the feel of a lucid dream, of nothing being within comprehensible reach despite the sense of it feeling like it should be, but it doesn’t entirely work in that vein. Certainly a unique voice - and one that I’m not averse to trying to connect to again - but I’m afraid that this one didn’t work for me much at all.


    20. This is a fragmented novel about a woman’s identity and sexuality. It’s disjointed and moves between realism and a kind of lucid dreaming. I just didn’t get it. I’m sure there’s lots in here to discover but I didn’t connect with it enough to want to try.


    21. Weirdly creepy and disturbing at many points, wouldn't recommend it for immature minds. The writing is bold and raw. The meloncholy is haunting yet keeps you totally glued in hope of a positive ending.



    22. A very strange book about mind mirages, intentional and unintentional. Wouldn't recommend to anyone but suitably weird to have found a place on my book shelf.



    23. There is a unique boldness in this book. It makes you go through various emotions at once. I am glad that I read this one.


    24. Not sure if what I read was the result of poor translation or an unfortunate example of Bengali pulp fiction. Either way the stories were bizarre and creepy and not in an Edgar Allen Poe way.


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