Lockdown Liaisons by bestselling writer Shobhaa De explores the fragility of human relationships in a collection of short stories that trace the subtle world of emotions as they shift and are redefined within the four walls of the home.
Told from the varying perspectives of both men and women - each story is a unique look at how relationships can break, suffer and change under trying circumstances.
In these stories, Shobhaa De explores different voices and different attitudes to the pandemic and its fall out.
These are stories of love forgotten and rediscovered, of relationships made and broken in this pandemic that has touched us all across the world in every way...financially, psychologically, and emotionally.
` VODKA AND NO TONIC - Performed by Ira Dubey
`In Vodka and no tonic`, a wife struggles to get through the pandemic lockdown with her husband, who is annoyed with her sex-detox vow and all the Zoom parties she is having with her friends. A bottle of vodka is the only thing that gives her respite, until she comes up with a darker, more permanent solution.
` LEAVING’ -Performed by Joy Sengupta
`Leaving` explores the early days of the pandemic, when a construction worker must decide whether to leave Mumbai and go back to his village where his wife is waiting for him, or risk everything and stay with the woman he has fallen in love with, another construction worker, who finds herself all alone now.
` A WHIFF OF ETERNITY` - Performed by Ira Dubey
A Whiff of Eternity is the story of a woman who has suffered multiple whammies due to the pandemic, and when it seems as if the things were finally going her way, she suffers another setback.
‘ A QUEST ENDS’ – Performed by Joy Sengupta
In A Quest Ends a young couple finds their marriage unravelling when their desperate attempts to have a baby fail. Eventually they decide that they will adopt a child.
LOCKDOWN FUNERAL - Performed by Lillete Dubey
In this story, a bitter divorced woman recalls her life with her ex-husband who left her for another woman, even as she gets ready to attend his funeral, where she dreads having to encounter the new woman in her ex’s life, whom she continues to feel threatened by.
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