The Washer of the Dead

Updated: Jul 29, 2010, 13:45 PM IST

The Washer of the Dead by Venita Coelho, published by Penguin, is a compelling read!

A woman haunted by the wind, a land where ghosts speak for the voiceless, a washer of the dead who begins to hear them speak - this anthology of ghost stories is more feminist than spooky but the power of narrative is stunning.

India is a land that has long been haunted. Each region has its own legion of those that return. Their names spill like an incantation, a litany...says Coelho, describing her book.

From Assam comes the enchantress with her voice of desire - dragging the man from his bed into the depths of the killer river. The changeling comes from Uttar Pradesh - the child who never smiles but kills. The stories are whimsical, terrifying and compelling.

IANS

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