| First a confession: I didn't really read the book. I heard the book - ably
narrated by Josephine Bailey (2008, Tantor Media, 13 CDs, 16 Hours)|
Trust a mathematician (the author Manil Suri is a professor of mathematics)
to decipher the complex love-hate relationships of the
Hindu Joint Family.
I didn't quite get the title of the book -- perhaps the author wanted
something to go with his previous work "The Death of Vishnu" -- I kept on
expecting some kind of senseless destruction, but it's not that. Some have
suggested that it explores the relationship of Parvati and Ganesh, if so it
should have been titled "The Age of Parvati", which would have been more apt.
Here's a mock cover I designed for the book, featuring a often recurring theme in the novel (child bringing the feeding mother to emotional and physical climax as it suckles).
This is an intensely woman-centric novel written by a man. It is a beautiful work.
I didn't know the author was a man till after I was
finished with the book. The delicate feelings of an Indian woman are brought out
in remarkable detail -- I am reminded of depiction of Kunti and Draupadi in Bhyrappa's Parva.
This is a book especially for my generation (the forty somethings who have
lived through the Emergency) . I identified each of the well developed
characters with someone I know. The maturity, intelligence of Meera the narrator
draws the reader into the contemporary history of India and the very fundamental
ideas and roles of men and women in India. The plot takes dramatic turns
with simplest of events, with Meera our heroine's fate changing completely.
It is a rather lengthy novel. But I highly recommend it to experience the struggles of women in India. It doesn't glorify the Indian mother like Shyamchi Aai or Grihabhanga, but rather puts into words the dilemmas of modern Indian woman.
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Friday, February 12, 2010|
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