Excerpt | Unbound: Edited by Annie Zaidi7 min read . Updated: 04 Jun 2015, 05:47 PM IST
The editor of this anthology of Indian women's writing on how her disdain for 'kitchenized' fiction gave way to an understanding of its relevance in our lives
An odd thing happened soon after I took on the daunting task of editing this anthology. I found myself inscribing my own name on the first pages of the books I had bought. As a student, I was in the habit of writing my name in books I owned but over the years, the more I bought, the less ownership mattered. But now, again, I found myself wanting to stamp certain books as ‘mine’—ones by Krishna Sobti, Mahasweta Devi, Sivakami, Salma, Meera, Geetanjali Shree. As soon as I began to feel a kinship with the work, I’d write my name on the first page. I even wanted to make notes in the margins and underline passages with ink.