Blurb When Tulsi first meets Madhav, she is irrevocably drawn to his chiselled good looks and charm. Although wary of his many dalliances and the string of broken hearts left in his wake, she is surprised by the intense desire that Madhav arouses in her. And before long, she forsakes her family, her prospective career,Continue reading “The poison of love”
Before I comment on the story, it is important to know that this was written by a woman in pre-independence India 1942, by a woman. The controversy surrounding Lihaaf emerged due to the representation of unadulterated female desire, sexuality, and queerness. Ismat Chughtai was an Indian Urdu novelist, short story writer, and filmmaker. Beginning in the 1930s,Continue reading “Lihaaf by Ismat Chughtai”
A room of one’s own I read this book slowly marking all the notes, quotes, books and authors that were mentioned and their ideas. This book remains a cornerstone of feminist literature because the things said in the book still hold as true in the current times if not more. Book summary A Room ofContinue reading “A room of one’s own”
As they move from a cramped, ant-infested shack to a larger house on the upper side of Bangalore, and try to adjust to a new way of life the family dynamic begins to shift. Allegiances realign; marriages are arranged and begin to falter; and conflict brews ominously in the background. Things become “ghachar ghochar”—a nonsense phrase uttered by one meaning something tangled beyond repair, a knot that can’t be untied.