A space of her own: personal narratives of twelve women by Leela Gulati, Jasodhara Bagchi

By Leela Gulati, Jasodhara Bagchi

Targeting relationships among girls of alternative generations in India, this booklet includes of narratives demonstrating how every one contributor demonstrated her personal personhood via engagement with a much wider family members team. Did the ladies portrayed within the narratives locate house for themselves inside of orthodox buildings? Or, have been they so restricted by way of the social roles of the best significance to their households - as better halves and moms - that finishing those roles intended a few form of dying? How did their lives mold these of the narrators of those existence histories? exhibiting that ladies don't need to regularly be visible as sufferers, those are tales of girls who stumbled on power, luck and independence from the inspiring lives in their moms and grandmothers.

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So we went to the funeral instead. We visited the homes of famous writers all over Europe and England, and most of the important museums of France, Italy and Holland, saw a war-devastated Germany, experienced the midnight sun in Norway, saw the Pope in the Vatican City (it was the Holy Year), watched the Passionspiele at Oberamergau. Radharani gave her daughter a grand start. She wanted to live through me, who was less than a year old, and had shown no signs of the expected brilliance. Many times in my life, in the 51 years that we have spent together, she had told me these things in ordinary conversations.

4 The defiant bou was not inventing new values, only reminding her mother-in-law that the woman’s role is to protect and hold the family together. She was thus accusing her mother-in-law of having become selfish, placing priority on her own ‘ticket to heaven’, ignoring possible dangers to the family. The public nature of her protest made me question the reality of the subjugated, purdanashin (secluded) highercaste women of Bengal, whose condition had inspired the social reform movement of the 19th century.

May you love this world and may the whole world fall in love with you. May you travel at ease on your life’s journey through sufferings and ecstasies. May bright lights shine all the way on all your future roads. 32 NABANEETA DEV SEN Although the poem is signed by both my parents, it was written by my mother. She was 36 then. Radharani became the joint-foundersecretary of Poets, Playwrights, Essayists and Novelists (PEN), 13 West Bengal, along with her husband, and built up an important literary association in Calcutta where writers came not only from other parts of India, but also from abroad.

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