The Women Who Forgot to Invent Facebook and Other Stories by Nisha Susan is a collection of short stories. Whimsical in its telling and brutal in its probing of the human mind, these stories breathe unexpected life into the dark and joyful corners of a country learning to relish and resist globalization. Published by Westland, the book hit the shelves in August 2020.
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A classical musician finds a prince in a chat room. Three dancers in Kochi mastermind their sex lives over email. A young wife in Mumbai becomes obsessed with a dead woman’s online relics. Strange (and familiar) troll wars drag at a writer’s peace of mind. Her daughter’s cellphone conversations deeply worry a cook in Delhi. A young mother finds a job monitoring disturbing content for a social media company.
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The stories in this dazzling debut collection tap into the rich vein of love, violence, and intimacy that technology, particularly the Internet, has brought to the lives of Indians over the last two decades. Two decades that transformed India’s digital landscape, where would-be lovers went from cooing into cordless phones to swiping right on cellphones.
About the Author
Nisha Susan is a writer and editor. She grew up in India, Nigeria, and Oman and lives in Bangalore. She is the co-founder of two award-winning media companies, The Ladies Finger and Grist Media. She currently writes Cheap Thrills, a column on millennials, time, and obsessions for Mint Lounge. She was formerly Features Editor, Tehelka magazine, and also commissioning editor for Yahoo! Originals, a longform destination for Yahoo! India. Her non-fiction is focused on culture, gender, and politics. Her fiction has been published by n+1, Caravan, Penguin, Zubaan and others, and often explores the intimacy and strangeness that the internet has brought to India.