Rochelle Potkar

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Rochelle Potkar
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Rochelle Potkar is a fiction writer and poet. Her work has appeared in several Indian and international publications.

Her book, 'The Arithmetic of breasts and other stories' was shortlisted for The Digital Book of the Year Award 2014, by Publishing Next. She is working on a novel and two collections of short stories. She was a writer-in-residence at The University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, Fall Residency 2015.

She read her poems in Mumbai at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival,100Thousand Poets for Change, Godrej India Culture Lab, PEN@Prithvi, American Library, ‘Words tell stories’, The Hive, and The Poetry Club (TPC) : in Hyderabad at Ten Thousand Waves, Our ... more »

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He was first a snake and was in love with her - a she-snake. And then he molted and after he molted he was a turtle and he met another she-turtle and fell in love with her. When he de-shelled after years, he became a four-legged animal, black spots sprouting over his fur, and he fell for a leopard. He moved this way through the jungles, the savannas, the deserts, the skies, through the oceans, the air, the land and beneath it, changing and changing and meeting and falling in love with new she-species.

The lovers he left behind did not change. They were who they were. The same. ...

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