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 other generations in India, this e-book contains of narratives demonstrating how every one contributor validated her personal personhood via engagement with a much wider relations staff. Did the ladies portrayed within the narratives locate house for themselves inside of orthodox buildings? Or, have been they so limited by way of the social roles of the best value to their households - as better halves and moms - that finishing those roles intended a few form of loss of life? How did their lives mildew these of the narrators of those existence histories? exhibiting that ladies needn't continually be noticeable as sufferers, those are tales of ladies who chanced on power, luck and independence from the inspiring lives in their moms and grandmothers.

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She never told a soul what had driven her to this step. Family accounts of later events indicate that her husband was quite fond of her. He kept coming back and tried to persuade her to return. She refused to see him. Pishimā got away with this defiance, just as her grandmother had got away with hers, decades earlier. Pishimā died when I was just 5 years old. But I do have vivid memories, not only of what she looked like, but of her tremendous sense of humour, her way of quietly managing the family without making my mother feel even once that she had taken on her job.

Above all, she guarded Mā fiercely from any criticism by other members of the family. 7 She had no formal education and no experience of living in a vast joint family of conservatives. We heard from Mā that Pishimā used to describe the Majumdar family (with the exception of her own father and brothers) as a zoo with ‘many wild animals’. ’ Pishimā found that Mā was desperate to study. Tutored by her parents, she had become literate and had learned a bit of mathematics, but had no formal schooling.

I believe that my brothers will take care of those needs. ’ 50 VINA MAZUMDAR At that time only the eldest brother had concluded his studies and was trying for a job. By the time Mā appeared on the scene, my father’s scholarship and forthcoming specialised studies abroad must have appeared like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Women’s education was a hotly debated issue and RCM, having enrolled himself for formal training in Sanskrit, had just discontinued attending his classes after finding out that the Sanskrit teacher beat his wife.

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