A Microcosm of the World
Divya Shankar
LIVING IN AIR by By Ipshita Chanda Rubric Publishing, 2022, 173 pp., INR 295.00
February 2024, volume 48, No 2

Living in Air, a collection of seventeen stories by Ipshita Chanda, opens with the story ‘Wings’, an ode to the 18th century Urdu poet Mah Laqa Bai Chanda from Hyderabad, that celebrates aerial life in writing that is lyrical. The nine stories that follow it move from the realm of pigeons and owls and are set in Abhilasha Apartments in Kolkata. Sharing the same setting and many characters between them (a cooperative housing society and its residents),

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