Download e-book for kindle: A space of her own: personal narratives of twelve women by Leela Gulati, Jasodhara Bagchi

By Leela Gulati, Jasodhara Bagchi

Targeting relationships among ladies of other generations in India, this publication contains of narratives demonstrating how every one contributor verified her personal personhood via engagement with a much broader kinfolk staff. Did the ladies portrayed within the narratives locate area for themselves inside orthodox constructions? Or, have been they so limited by means of the social roles of the best value to their households - as other halves and moms - that finishing those roles intended a few form of demise? How did their lives mildew these of the narrators of those lifestyles histories? displaying that girls needn't constantly be obvious as sufferers, those are tales of girls who came across power, good fortune and independence from the inspiring lives in their moms and grandmothers.

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My mother used to repeat frequently that she would never want to marry her daughters into either a propertied family (she had a horror of property) or an old bonedi (traditional land-owning elite) one, ‘because they did not know how to treat their women’. This introduction is based on the memories of members of the family that I have known personally and what I learned from them. Kaviraj Majumdar’s story became significant to me because he stood for a lost heritage of learning/scholarship that my father and uncles revived.

In my teens, when the mirror had suddenly become the THE WIND BENEATH MY WINGS 33 most valuable object in my life, mother told me that I was not a goodlooking girl, after all, and I should not be standing endlessly in front of the mirror wasting my time. I took her words as gospel truth and formed a very poor image of myself. Only after a classmate fell in love with me and told me that I was the most beautiful girl in the whole universe did I begin to think of myself as less than ugly. In fact, to this day I need only a hand mirror to get ready.

Soon thereafter (I think the year was 1902), she left her husband’s home one night. ’ She was returning home. The old man rowed her through the night and reached the Majumdar family home just before the crack of dawn, where she fell asleep on the verandah. The doors were all closed and the village was dark. This old boatman sat at her head. This is one part of the story that I have found the most moving because it tells me so much about existing community relations in East Bengal at that time. When my grandfather opened the door at dawn he found his daughter asleep on the floor and the old man sitting by her.

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