Free PDF download of Short Stories by Women Writers of Odisha

“Odia literature is a treasure trove for translators, but not many venture into this field.” –Supriya Kar

The women writers of the province of Odisha, India are a group of creative women who view their surroundings with a discerning and critical eye. Their short stories, originally written in Odia, have been translated into English so they can be shared with a wider audience.

Collected into a new volume entitled Spark of Light, these stories offer a multiplicity of voices—some sentimental and melodramatic, others rebellious and bold—and capture the predicament of characters who often live on the margins of society in a shadowy and grim world. Themes of class, poverty, violence, and family are developed throughout and together they form a critique of social mores and illuminate the difficult lives of the subaltern. The work of these women writers contributes to an ongoing dialogue concerning the challenges and joys experienced by women around the world and demonstrates the great richness of Odishan literary culture.

Spark of Light is edited by Valerie Henitiuk and Supriya Kar and will be published by Athabasca University Press at the end of December. You can download a free PDF copy on the website: