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

By Leela Gulati, Jasodhara Bagchi

Concentrating on relationships among ladies of alternative generations in India, this e-book includes of narratives demonstrating how each one contributor validated her personal personhood via engagement with a much broader family members team. Did the ladies portrayed within the narratives locate house for themselves inside orthodox constructions? Or, have been they so restricted by way of the social roles of the best value to their households - as other halves and moms - that finishing those roles intended a few type of loss of life? How did their lives mildew these of the narrators of those existence histories? exhibiting that girls needn't consistently be noticeable as sufferers, those are tales of ladies who discovered power, good fortune and independence from the inspiring lives in their moms and grandmothers.

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To my great surprise I was told that he was not in love with me any more. ’ I thought. ’ But he proved me wrong. After several months of looking into shop windows for temporary jobs in London and having driven my small red Japanese car as a private minicab on the London–Heathrow route for two months, I was offered a teaching job in my old university department in Calcutta. I returned with two suitcases and two girls of 8 and 4 to my mother and joined Jadavpur University. My mother-in-law, who is a good friend today, was no friend in those days, and my mother to whom I had come seeking refuge, was hostile.

Well, our marriage was good while it lasted. His present wife Emma has excellent relations with both my daughters and with myself. D. degree and my first child came in the same year. I was 25. I rushed back to Calcutta from Cambridge to have my child born on Indian soil. Motherhood was the most magical thing to have happened to me in my entire life. Here is a poem I wrote in Bengali for my daughter, just to give you a taste of my feelings. How marvellous, I thought, that it took only nine months within my womb to make life pass through all those stages of evolution, from fish to man, for which this planet took millions of years.

Living in the jungles of Burma the question did not arise. Though her father had no objections to women studying—he educated his two youngest daughters right up to the university level—my mother, the eldest, never had that chance. Pishimā got hold of RCM—a college student at the time, to teach both his newly-married 8-year-old wife and his sister-in-law. The former dropped out of her own choice, but Mā continued her lessons. There was a huge row in the family. The aunts and uncles were furious.

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