CONTEMPORARY RESEARCH IN INDIA: VOL: 2, ISSUE: 2, JUNE, 2012
ANITA NAIR’S LADIES COUPE: NEW DIMENSION TO WOMANISM
T. N .Kolekar, D.B.F. Dayanand College of Arts and Science, Solapur
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Indian Writing in English, now-a-day, has attained an independent status in the realm of Indian Literature; its wide-ranging themes have led it to reach the status. It touches multiple themes where it projects wide area of Indian culture and tradition, social values, and even Indian history through the depiction of life in India and Indians living elsewhere, recent Indian English fiction has been trying to give expression to the Indian experience of the modern predicaments. The most important aspect is that writing by women from India at present time forms a major segment of the contemporary writing in Indian English. The special feature of this writing is that it provides insights, a wealth of understanding, a reservoir of meanings and a basis of discussion. Through women writers’ eyes one can see a different world and with their assistance one can realize the potential of human achievement. It is fact that a number of women have been writing in India at present; there are multiple reasons for the fact. The prominent reason is that it has allowed them to create their own world and set the conditions of their existence completely free from the direct interference of men. At the same time, so many women have taken to reading women’s writing because it provides them with a safe place from which they not only explore a wide range of experience of women of the world but also identify themselves with a range of women characters and variety of their existence. Among Indian writing in English by women; the creative output of the Indian women writers, especially novelists, is marked by the choice of English, the medium of expression and expression of a woman’s reaction to the varied situation in which tradition and modernity clash as well as synthesize. Indian women writers are dynamic witnesses to the peculiar socio-cultural historic, political conflicts faced by women especially Indian. The women writers from India through their
creative works present India an unmistakable edge with mariyad themes where they are able to sensitively portray a world that has in it women rich in substance. Their women are real flesh-and-blood protagonists who make the readers look at them with awe with their relationships to their surroundings, society, men, children, families, mental make-ups and themselves. One thing should be observed among these writers that they are mostly techno-savvy. Their target audience of these women authors does not restrict to their homeland but it extends to other societies too. They not only communicate with their own society but also with the global readers. Their primary task is to attempt an imaginative mediation between the traditional forces of Indian patriarchal joint family system and the new demands of modernity. The peculiar aspect in their writing is that they further seek to reconstruct the socio-cultural values from a woman’s viewpoint on the serious issues and complex issues such as sensuality, servility, subjugation and society; however, they have shown the potential to handle these issues with a sense of balance without disregarding Indian traditions. They have also attempted to re-interpret mythology by using new symbols, which subvert the canonic versions; thus, their works are significant in making society aware of women’s demands. One among these women writers is Anita Nair who has recently been shining among the galaxy of Indian women writers during present times. She is one of the finest writers in Indian Writing in English with an international reputation. Born at Mundakottakurissi near Shoranur in Kerala State, Anita was brought up in a suburb in Chennai (Madras), Tamilnadu. Her family background made frequent her visits to Kerala and these trips enabled her to know the heart of rural Kerala. During her professional life in Bangalore as the creative director of an advertising agency, she wrote her first book, a
Living Next Door to Alise (2007) and Magical Indian Myths (2008). Sheela. is married in the age of 40. June 17. singleness and loneliness and so on. She needs no one. Nair resists the fundamental question about Independent survival of modern woman in Indian society. 2012
collection of short stories called Satyr of the Subway (1997) which added feather in her cap in the form of fellowship from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Akhila decides that she can live alone. also edited Where the Rain is Born (2003). Akhilas. Akhila’s isolation and withdrawal is isolation out of circumastance which shape her life. of the novel Akhila is empowered to reclaims her lost love. make her feel less guilty for who she is and what she has let herself become. Each of the women tells Akhila of their lives. Anita. No man and no woman either. or that their life hadn’t really begun. In Anita Nair’s Ladies Coupe deals with the issue whether a single woman can be happy or is she incomplete without a man. universal marriage is largely society’s s plan for people. throughout life Akhila gets such a reflection that she moved to grasp the joyness as she has the right of it. the oldest women. at the very end. Her works also include many travelogues. However. the single state is rarely celebrated or held up as a desirable model. The book ends with Akhila asking her younger sister to leave because she feels that she does not companionship of any kind to live and thrive. Nair’s writing has wide range of themes. Prabha Devi and Marikolanthu. Whereas Akhila is alone at the age of 45 is wondering whether a woman can be alone or not. During course of life. even singles feel this way. thinks that is was trying to define the reality of my life. The character sketch of Akhila stands as
Works cited: Nair. sibling. 2001
wooder emacipated character neven our supposedly who does not belive in modern society has to say on marriage and singleness. Since themn. Thus. Thus. Anita Nair’s geographical location and area has made deep impact on her writing. Akhila is the eldest among her brothers and sisters.CONTEMPORARY RESEARCH IN INDIA: VOL: 2. Whereas popular culture seem to indicate that in a large measure. But what is equally sad is her resolve to eventually cut herself off from all forms of social contact. Akhila’s decision and view raise many questions in connection with society and setup such as women since explicit conversations about marriage. Janaki. Therefore. Mistress (2003). Margaret.
. she practices the fictional strategy of the ladies compartment to bring her six characters together. though. seemed to be that such people were incomplete. She has written about Kerala poetry have been included in “The Poetry India Collection and a British Council Poetry Workshop Anthology”. She gets a berth in the ladies compartment. Akhila. which is remote controlled by her younger sister Padma. due to societal norms is not in control of her own life. the main character. the skating squirrel (2006). New Delhi. In Ladies Coupe. She has also written a few other novels such as. After hearing out these five women and their stories of living in a cocoon sheltered by men or rampant exploitation again by men. Sunday. She authored The Better Man (2000) Ladies Coupe (2001) The Puffin Book of Myths and Legends (2004). an unmarried woman in her mid-forties has the eldest of four children and after the death of her father the responsibility of Akhila is of running the family. There were lot of obstacles in her life but she does not anlyase them because honesty and integrity was her reward. She shares the compartment with five women. who has run the family after her father’s death. Sometimes. Akhila strikes up a conversation with these women. Adventures of Nonu. she subverts in traditional view. she gets herself a one-way ticket to Kanyakumari. One day. 2001 The Hindu. seeking in it a similar thread that in some way will connect their lives with her. JUNE. Ladies Coupé. Janaki. she experiences patriachal Social thinking and behavior towards women. Her experiences pass on the underlying message. Anita published a number of books and every creative output bears peculiar characteristic. Penguin Books. ISSUE: 2. justify her failures and her own sense of hopelessness by preying on the fabric of lives.