The Women Who Forgot to Invent Facebook and Other Stories

The Women Who Forgot to Invent Facebook and Other Stories

A classical musician finds a prince in a chat room. Three dancers in Kochi mastermind their sex lives over email. A young wife in Mumbai becomes obsessed with a dead woman’s online relics. Strange (and familiar) troll wars drag at a writer’s peace of mind. Her daughter’s cellphone conversations deeply worry a cook in Delhi. A young mother finds a job monitoring disturbing content for a social media company.

The stories in this dazzling debut collection tap into the rich vein of love, violence and intimacy that technology, particularly the Internet, has brought to the lives of Indians over the last two decades. Two decades that transformed India’s digital landscape, where would-be lovers went from cooing into cordless phones to swiping right on cellphones.

Whimsical in its telling and brutal in its probing of the human mind, these stories breathe unexpected life into the dark and joyful corners of a country learning to relish and resist globalisation.

Title:The Women Who Forgot to Invent Facebook and Other Stories
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9789389648249
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  • Resh (The Book Satchel)

    Really enjoyed these stories. Original, contemporary and badass.The title story The Women Who Forgot to Invent Facebook is about casual hook ups and a map of sexual partners. Two personal favourites i...

  • Hansda Shekhar

    I found Nisha Susan’s stories to be marked by two features: the usage of casual, everyday lingo in most stories; and the themes of friendship and camaraderie. Susan’s stories are forthright and fu...

  • Chitra Ahanthem

    Nisha Susan’s The Women Who Forgot to Invent Facebook and Other Stories is quite an eclectic range of short stories that have one thing in common: how technology and the lives of Indians are playing...

  • Anuja Chandramouli

    A good short story collection is exactly what is needed in these troubled times when those who aren’t afflicted with ADHD are addicted to Netflix or trapped in a toxic relationship with their smartp...

  • Megha

    4.5*Oh, what an absolute delight of a book! I will never stop rooting for women telling women's stories. As a reader, I experience an inexplicable joy when this is done well. Bonus points if as an Ind...

  • Devika Rajeev

    Short story collections are usually a mixed bag - there are usually a couple of good stories, many average ones and some stories whose only function is to act as fillers. I had high hopes of this coll...

  • Jyotsna

    Such a surreal read! The book contains a set of short stories that are set in the time period from early 2000s to somewhat about 2011 which are about the tabooed lives of various people across India. ...

  • Kavya

    It is delightful to have a really Indian English register for telling stories that feels contemporary. And that sly fun at enjoying the Indian Englishness of it all, which seems to be an Indian Englis...

  • Geetanjali Chitnis

    Started my year with Nisha Susan’s book of short stories titled ‘The Woman Who Forgot To Invent Facebook and Other Stories’. As the book’s inner jacket says, “The stories in this dazzling de...

  • Mitra Samal

    Read this book if you want to take a break from the serious ones. It has stories revolving around the influence of two decades of internet in India. Cool, funny, witty, at times dark but mostly entert...