By Mitra Phukan
A musician by no means learned the reality of the announcing ‘Music is a harsh taskmaster’ till his loved device exacts the top sacrifice. An untrue husband is baffled: his spouse grows a growing number of excellent till she actually turns into the goddess of lots. A loving mom is of course distraught on the kidnapping of her son via insurgents…or is she? And Modon Sur, with the spoils of an entire night’s thievery in tow, unearths himself in a sticky scenario on a black amavasya night.
In this assortment, Mitra Phukan sounds the rhythms of latest Assamese society, deftly weaving common topics of affection, loss and growing old with the various matters dealing with the area: militancy, witchcraft, and the breakdown of conventional methods of lifestyles. Her tales acutely depict people’s struggles to narrate to one another throughout giant social gulfs and in the intricacies of kin and love. Intimate, allusive, and wryly saw, A complete Night’s Thievery is a finely drawn portrait of humanity through some of the most popular literary voices in Assam today.
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