ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Calcutta Diary

THIS is a story of conjugal relations. Gagan Mondal, the petty sharecropper, is teaching Sohagi, his wife, the lesson of her life. He has in his hand a thin, lithe strip of cane, and he keeps lashing at her with it. The skin tenuously covering Sohagi's frail, blister-infected back breaks, blood comes out at several places, she writes in pain. It is primal rage that has overtaken Gagan, he has taken leave of his senses, he shakes in fury, his teeth clatter against one another, be strikes, harder and harder, it is a kind of catharsis he is after, he does not care whether Sohagi will survive the lashing, he is going to teach her the proper lesson

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