The Arithmetic of Breasts and Other Stories

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  • ebook
  • 79 pages
  • The Arithmetic of Breasts and Other Stories
  • Rochelle Potkar
  • English
  • 13 March 2018

10 thoughts on “The Arithmetic of Breasts and Other Stories

  1. Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws says:

    When the author approached me for a review for this book, my first reaction was to almost refuse. Can you blame me? I am not a fan of erotica and the book title suggested that the book might be so. I took a chance and asked the author about explicit scenes in the book and she said (and I am paraphrasing here) ‘Some of them have small explicit scenes that are needed for the flow of the story. They are integral and not item numberish.’ I have to say, I loved the way she put it and I said yes to review the book.

    The first story is the title story of the book. When I started reading it, I felt disappointment at first, curiosity next and soon I was so immersed that I did not even realize when I reached the end of the book. Yes, the stories have explicit content and as such the target audience should be adults. But I loved the way the author has handled everything – from love, lust and infidelity. Sometimes even with the best intentions, the stories do not convey much and even the most beautiful themes come across as bawdy and obscene. But I am happy to report that Rochelle Potkar has handled things extremely well. She has managed to get to the bottom of all the feelings and bring them up and narrate them in a beautiful manner. These stories are not for everyone… They each have a certain depth that will be evident only if you approach the book with an open mind.

    I have always felt that books can change the outlook of its readers. With the cheap romances that are flooding the market, people think that love and lust is the same thing. Or, that it is okay to have a number of partners at the same time or that one night stands are ‘cool’ things to do, that girls enjoy being eve teased or that girls eventually fall in love with their stalkers. The list goes on… And in a way, the author was right, on two counts, when she said that the scenes in her book were not item numberish. First, yes it is now the ‘IN’ thing to do – put a bedroom scene in the book to sell books – like item numbers are done for movies. And secondly, the explicit scenes are much needed in her stories, not to sell sex, but to show the emotions that run much deeper than just the surface figure of a person. I did not mean to rant but this is something I feel very passionately about – Love CAN exist between two people who have not even held hands and love stories can be told without sex scenes.

    Coming back to the book - The Arithmetic of Breasts, Dr. Love, The Scent of a Conscience and The Room with a Sea View are my favourites in the book. The stories are short and crafty. Each story has something to offer to its readers only if they are willing to look for it – even a message if you know where to look. The depth of human emotions have been explored and exploited well in the stories. The author’s narrative style and striking language makes this book what it is and it is impressive to say the least. Like it is with short stories sometimes, the author has given an open ending to some of the stories that will make you stop and take a breath and think.

    But I will say this once again – this book is not for everyone. This is a bold book from a bold author. If you are looking for a light read or the likes of those commercial love stories, do not pick this book up. You will not do it justice. If you are willing to read with an open mind and explore along with the author and maybe even take away some lessons from it – go ahead and give this book a try.

  2. Sarika Patkotwar says:

    Actual rating- 3.5

    *NOTE: We (The Readdicts) received a copy of The Arithmetic Of Breasts And Other Stories by Rochelle Potkar from the author in exchange for an honest review. We thank Rochelle for the book!

    Author Rochelle Potkar's The Arithmetic Of Breasts And Other Stories is a very offbeat and interesting collection of short stories that focuses on a series of themes, but ends up being about sexual drives and desires mostly. When I first heard about the book, I assumed that the common theme in all the stories would be the female breast- which is what made it interesting for me, as I have worked on the subject before. It was only when I read the first story that I realised that The Arithmetic of Breasts is just the title of the first story. So while exploitation of the breast wasn't the focus of this collection, it still leans towards feminism, which works well enough for me.

    While some of the stories seemed every vague and sometimes incomprehensible to me, the others were absolute hits. Some of my most favourite being- The Arithmetic of Breasts, Dr. Love, The Scent of a Conscience and Our Lovers. These four out of a total of nine stories really struck a chord with me, not just because they ticked all the boxes of some great story-telling on the part of the author, but also because these stories had human emotions and feelings at their core, which made it very raw and real. Some were even uncanny and rather difficult to fathom just because of the intensity of them. But honestly, those are the stories I hunt for, so it was satisfying.

    Coming to author Rochelle Potkar's writing, it was very smooth and easy to follow. The language was really well thought of and developed, with as tiny a use of colloquial language as possible, which is again a hit. I can easily see Rochelle's writing next to the feminist giants of the literary world that I have grown to admire and appreciate. I feel that the author's stories and most importantly, her story-telling are both very powerful. Just the way every story was different from the other and was equally gripping at the same time is real work on the author's part.

    Overall, there were a few stories in The Arithmetic of Breasts and Other Stories that I don't really care about, but as mentioned before, there are four stories that really stood out for me and that I have carried with me outside of the book. This is a great collection of short stories that really makes sense, has the reader contemplate over common human urges and basically just keep the reader occupied and entertained as well. It's definitely worth a read, or two in case one loves a story so much that it calls for reread or to just read some stories again only to understand them better.

  3. Archana Sarat says:

    I am a sucker for short stories and here was one with an eye-popping cover and a title that intrigues. When I purchased the book on kindle and started reading, I was in a rattling auto-rickshaw traversing through Mumbai streets. I read the first story, from which the book gets its title. Then, I stopped. These were stories that need to be slowly savoured on a monsoon evening with a hot cup of tea, not read in a jiggling autorickshaw.

    The stories in this anthology have simple plotlines with characters you meet or hear about in your everyday life. The magic happens in the language. The author plays with prose, juggles verbs and hypnotizes you. If you are looking for a quick thriller, this book is not for you. You cannot pop in these stories like the pani puris at the roadside shop. You need to relish them slowly like a gourmet dish ordered in a five star hotel. My only regret was the serving was as tiny as those served in these hotels. Seven stories is too little! In all probability, this is my greed speaking. Rochelle, I want more!

    Arithmetic of Breasts is a must-read for anyone who loves well-written short stories.

  4. Vinay Leo says:

    Review at A Bookworm's Musing: http://wp.me/p2J8yh-2MG

    What I liked:
    + Cover Design
    + Narration of each story and the character sketches
    + Variety in the stories

    What I wanted:
    - More stories

    I don’t quite know if this book is meant for every reader, because I feel the genre of the stories wouldn’t sit comfortably with every reader. But I found the stories quite engaging, definitely well written and I enjoyed every story in the collection.

  5. Privy Trifles says:

    This book is a brilliant example of how a book should never be judged by its cover. The name and the cover pic are definitely beautiful (so much that now I am planning to buy a physical copy just to add to my collection as the one I reviewed was an e book) but to call it an erotica novel would be wrong. This book is about love and desire or rather somewhere between love, longing, lust and desire. That would be the perfect place for it to be.

    Read the whole review here: http://www.privytrifles.co.in/2015/07...

  6. Samir says:

    When I completed reading the story 'The Arithmetic of Breasts', and continued onto the next story, I realized I couldn't grasp the words of the next. Just like the ending lines of 'The Arithmetic Of Breasts', I found the characters of the story so much inside me that it became difficult to ease the creases they had left on my mind. That's when you know that the author has created unforgettable characters.


    In 'A Room With A Sea-View', Rochelle portrays the bohemian nature of love. People here are like tourist spots where love comes and goes as per its wish leaving behind altered individuals. 


    Even though the story 'Sky Park' takes place in minds of three teenagers, there's nothing juvenile about it. It plays like a loop of mirrors with thoughts running in three parallel minds to turn into an event that only one amongst them understands the gravity of. And the one who understands is left the most broken amongst the three. It's a story that every reader in some way or the other may be able to find their reflections in.


    I found Dr. Love to be the weakest story in this collection, however even that one is written with a flair that keeps you engaged throughout. The problem with this story is that it's too predictable. What makes it engaging is the way Rochelle deconstructs a relationship and constructs another, while also efficaciously portraying the emotional turmoil its protagonist goes through.


    In 'The Scent Of A Conscience', Rochelle builds up two separate stories that tease each other with possibilities. The protagonists here want one thing and dream of something else and even their moments of realization are filled with a sense of dilemma. These characters are so complex and flawed as humans that they start feeling real in the reader's mind. 


    When I think of the story ''A Place They Call Scary', the memory of temple floor and plantain leaves as mats flash in my mind. That's the power of environment creation, which in this story is impeccable and the psyche of the protagonist keeps trickling out to the reader throughout the narrative.  I specially loved the way this story ends, leaving the reader restless.


    'Story 1/2: Our Lovers', ends in a reflection in which the mirror image shakes the protagonist out of her illusions and enables her to appreciate her own life. There's something about the abruptness though that leaves the reader yearning for more.


    'Story 1/2: The Troll On Page 16' comes across as a series of pranks that dig into fantasies involving people in day to day life of the protagonist.


    'What Men Want' goes on to observe the purely martian vision of female sexuality and Rochelle nails the shallowness as well as the stifflingly chauvinist nature of 'bro-talk' that unrolls once a few drinks enter 


    Almost all of these stories except for 'Dr. Love' achieve what novels aim to achieve - A lasting, lingering effect... Sexuality finds a comfortable space in Rochelle Potkar's stories. All the stories in this collection revolve around intimacy and in some cases around body parts, but with utmost respect for those elements rather than as tools to turn it into a racy book. That's what makes 'The Arithmetic Of Breasts' a cup of contentment in literary sense.

  7. Julia says:

    Author Rochelle Potkar, frequently comes up in Social Media, book and poetry readings, across India, these days. I chanced upon her reading her poem, from her latest collection of poems, Four Degrees of Separation, which in turn led me to her book, The Arithmatic of Breasts and Other Stories. There had to be a connection between the two, I thought to myself; some relation perhaps? Curiosity led me to download The Arithmatic of Breasts and Other Stories.

    Granted, breasts are an obsession with both women and men alike, the awesome cover design was an instant pull. Soft, suggestive, seductive, pictures on book covers draw me like iron filings to a magnet.

    So is love, sex and relationships, our obsession as adults, which we constantly engage in. The carefully designed cover, hides within a treasure of stories, only seven and a half in number, easy to read, but deeply thought provoking collection, which indulge, question, present all these human experiences, in a profound way. These stories are about hope, desire, dreams, marriage, need and longing, insecurities, in the framework of society at large.

    I found the book riveting, bold and powerful. Some stories brought tears to my eye, and some made me laugh out loud. And some brought out the rebel in me – why must a woman ‘alter’ her looks and her face, to fit the face of her lover’s imagination? Why can’t he accept her, as she is? And even if, for his love, a lady, does swallow her self-esteem to alter her looks, will she find love? Or will she again become the face of ‘someone’ else, in the eyes of her lover? Is marriage so important, that the protagonist of Dr Love must become someone else? And what will happen thereafter?

    If all there is to love, is a bed of myriad explorations in sexual activity, will a husband, lose interest in his wife, if stricken by cancer, she loses one breast? What will become of that relationship, which is primarily driven by the hunger of the body?

    And what are the quirky questions that ail a man’s mind, in the hilarious, but brilliant, Seven & A Half very short stories?

    No, this is not a book, you can read and forget. The flourish with which Rochelle Potkar writes, pushes the boundaries of middle class thinking and hyper - hypocrisy. It makes you sit up and think, quite like what Rituparno Ghosh did in his films. With a persistent pen, she reveals what goes on under cover, of what we may call trusted relationships, where, both people are at different tangents, exploring the darkest areas of their schizophrenic desires.

    So then, is the collection of short stories, The Arithmatic of Breasts and Other Stories, a complex reading experience? No! Not at all! It is an easy read, where you don’t have to use your Dictionary even once. But, Rochelle Potkar, very calmly, provokes you to think – Is love the driving force finally in a relationship, or is it sex? Is it love we seek or is it sex? What does a human want really deeply - is it love or is it only an unending quest to find it?

    The The Arithmatic of Breasts and Other Stories, is addictive. You can’t have enough of it, I can promise you!

    Which is precisely why, I am moving on to Rochelle Potkar’s next.

  8. Inderpreet Uppal says:

    The Arithmetic of Breasts and other Stories is a remarkable short story collection, for the bold, different name; partly sensual, partly intimidating. Imagine how breasts and math can be linked? That itself should be enough for you to pick this book. Add to that the rather distinct, confident, no-holds barred voice of Rochelle and you have a wonderful book. In its digital format this book was also shortlisted for The Digital Book of the Year Award 2014 by Publishing Next, Goa.

    The stories are each as different as can be but the underlying emotion is what stands out. The language, words and expressions just take you along as you read each story. Excellent command over language and content with the stories speaking of life, our ‘real life’. No extra words, no flimsy thoughts. Each word is made to count and delivers a punch. Exploring the most intimate yet obvious sentiment of us humans. All of us search for this fulfillment yet hesitate to share our desires. Rochelle talks of the good, the bad and ugly, showcasing each aspect with a story that stands out. Some are unusual, some quirky yet all let you in on a little more of the human motivation and desires.

    The first story, The Arithmetic of Breasts was a winner just by the feel good factor and the tender, poignant emotions it evoked. I am a fan just after reading it and the subsequent stories only strengthened my opinion.

    The Room with a Sea-View and Sky Park left me thoughtful and pondering on the likes it takes to make this word. Lots of insights into the human psyche in these two stories!

    Dr. Love was just brilliant in the way the author twists us along with the surgery and how the human mind changes. This story has an amazing flow, so smooth as the transformation occurred yet I was partly aghast and partly relived – could not decide which was the callous one? The guy for whom she changed or the one who changed her?

    A Place They Call Scary and Our Lovers were so touching and highlight the stark reality of our country, as with all the stories they make you think and wonder. Sad but true, the author does not mince her words and lays it all out for us to see. The double standards, the abuse and neglect.

    The Scent of a Conscience had me wondering where the story was going; the author has connected the characters, emotions and feeling superbly. The fate of many lovers……

    All the stories in the collection have so much to say and I found that Rochelle has not only managed to share the emotions but the thoughts that propel us to the actions we take as well. A single negative for me was that I found there were too few stories, I wanted to read many more from her. But I guess that is me being a greedy reader! ;)

    The stories have a different take on love, life and longing. Sharing nuggets of wisdom about how we feel and think, this assortment of stories is a collector’s item, I will be holding on to the book and adding it to my display shelf of ‘much loved books’.


    (©InderpreetKaur. I got a copy of the book from Author, the views are my own.)

  9. Inderpreet Uppal says:

    The Arithmetic of Breasts and other Stories is a remarkable short story collection, for the bold, different name; partly sensual, partly intimidating. Imagine how breasts and math can be linked? That itself should be enough for you to pick this book. Add to that the rather distinct, confident, no-holds barred voice of Rochelle and you have a wonderful book. In its digital format this book was also shortlisted for The Digital Book of the Year Award 2014 by Publishing Next, Goa.

    The stories are each as different as can be but the underlying emotion is what stands out. The language, words and expressions just take you along as you read each story. Excellent command over language and content with the stories speaking of life, our ‘real life’. No extra words, no flimsy thoughts. Each word is made to count and delivers a punch. Exploring the most intimate yet obvious sentiment of us humans. All of us search for this fulfillment yet hesitate to share our desires. Rochelle talks of the good, the bad and ugly, showcasing each aspect with a story that stands out. Some are unusual, some quirky yet all let you in on a little more of the human motivation and desires.

    The first story, The Arithmetic of Breasts was a winner just by the feel good factor and the tender, poignant emotions it evoked. I am a fan just after reading it and the subsequent stories only strengthened my opinion.

    The Room with a Sea-View and Sky Park left me thoughtful and pondering on the likes it takes to make this word. Lots of insights into the human psyche in these two stories!

    Dr. Love was just brilliant in the way the author twists us along with the surgery and how the human mind changes. This story has an amazing flow, so smooth as the transformation occurred yet I was partly aghast and partly relived – could not decide which was the callous one? The guy for whom she changed or the one who changed her?

    A Place They Call Scary and Our Lovers were so touching and highlight the stark reality of our country, as with all the stories they make you think and wonder. Sad but true, the author does not mince her words and lays it all out for us to see. The double standards, the abuse and neglect.

    The Scent of a Conscience had me wondering where the story was going; the author has connected the characters, emotions and feeling superbly. The fate of many lovers……

    All the stories in the collection have so much to say and I found that Rochelle has not only managed to share the emotions but the thoughts that propel us to the actions we take as well. A single negative for me was that I found there were too few stories, I wanted to read many more from her. But I guess that is me being a greedy reader! ;)

    The stories have a different take on love, life and longing. Sharing nuggets of wisdom about how we feel and think, this assortment of stories is a collector’s item, I will be holding on to the book and adding it to my display shelf of ‘much loved books’.


    (©InderpreetKaur. I got a copy of the book from Author, the views are my own.)

  10. Rebecca Lloyd says:

    I have been slightly astonished by the bravery and ruggedness of the stories in this collection. They have a refreshing honesty about them, and I was impressed by how uncompromising and powerful they were, but those I enjoyed most were the more plainly written ones such as Sky Park – a deliciously sinister story. Apart from thoughts on love itself, Potkar is not afraid to explore lust and ideas about lust in her writing:- ‘Neel would drag himself to the bedroom to sleep beside Nisha on his side of the bed, but come morning, as the thoughts from the previous night would touch his shores like filth and flotsam from a high tide, he would squirm, angered by his own imagination.’
    The fourth story in the book Doctor Love brings up an interesting idea about what love might really be, and The Scent of a Conscience, following on, is another excellent and strong story about forbidden love, which is strangely wistful, and in which there is an acute description of the city at night, as well as this wonderfully atmospheric phrase: ‘In the tawny light of their cheap hotel room, its smoke-smelling satin bedcover threw a burgundy color on her skin, turning it murderous.’
    There are also harsh and hauntingly lonely moments in The Arithmetic of Breasts, such as this from the story A Place They Call Scary – ‘The man woke up. He had used her body as a bed. He had probably been asleep for a few minutes. ‘‘I have to go,’’ he whispered. The weight over her body decreased.’
    One of the most relentless, yet compelling stories was What Men Want. This is a nightmare of a story about double standards in which to the male characters ‘Every woman was one woman.’ Yes, it’s quite a collection and a very welcome one in the world of the short story as it shows just how needed and clever the short story form can be.

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