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Love and sexuality in the writings of Kamala Das
Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Kamala Suraiya, better known as Kamala Das, is a well-known female Indian writer writing in English as well as Malayalam, her native language.
She is considered one of the outstanding Indian poets writing in English, although her popularity in Kerala is based chiefly on her short stories and autobiography. Much of her writing in Malayalam came under the pen name Madhavikku Kamala Suraiya, better known as Kamala Das, is a well-known female Indian writer writing in English as well as Malayalam, her native language.
Much of her writing in Malayalam came under the pen name Madhavikkutty. She was born on March 31, in Malabar in Kerala, India.
She is the daughter of V. Nair, a former managing editor of the widely-circulated Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi, maduavikutty Nalappatt Balamani Amma, a renowned Malayali poetess. Kamala Das is probably the first Hindu woman to openly and honestly talk about sexual desires of Indian woman, which made her an iconoclast of her kztha.
The fact that the book has run into thirty editions is proof enough to appreciate the popularity of the book Paperbackpages. Published March 1st first published February 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Anjali A pdf version is available here: U can download Pdf File Lists with This Book.
Nov 21, Radhika S Nair rated it liked it. View all 11 comments. Jun 02, Akshay Joy rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 6 comments. It is rare that I read an Indian author in English, but Kamala Das and her book were a gambit that worked. My story is the story of Kamala Das, a woman born in a conservative society of Kerala. In the book, she explores the desires of women of that era who were bound by tradition and had no say in any matters.
It is not a continuous story but rather a collection of incidents based on the lives jatha various women the author came across in her life. It is difficult to say how much of it is true as s It is madhavikkutty that I read an Indian author in English, but Kamala Das and her amdhavikutty were a gambit that worked.
It is difficult to say how much of it is true as she tends to tease the reader with a madhvaikutty only to reveal that it was all along a work of imagination. I cannot imagine the reaction she must have faced when she published her book. But it is an interesting read for people who love to explore the depths and corners of a vast ocean known as the human nature. Oct 10, Shine Sebastian rated it really liked it Shelves: Disappointing and incomplete too Will not buy another Malayalam ebook I had heard of this book for a long time.
Somehow, never laid my hands on it and therefore, never read. It is courtesy Dr Nagraja, my Linguistics professor from college that I got to read it now! He was moving to Mysore from Pune, and this was among the books he donated to our library The Book Leaf.
And am I glad it was! There is nothing stilted about the writing style of Kamala Ktha. I can well imagine what it must have been to chat with her face-to-face! In the time of I had heard of this book for a long time. In madhavlkutty time of just independent India, when the position of women had a lot to cry about still, here is a woman who knew her mind and who put herself and her individuality much before anything else. Who was not scared of putting down on paper exactly what she had done in madhavikutyt and what she thought of her husband and various other relations are were thrust on her I doubt many of us modern women with our high power jobs and parenting, can have half the courage that she alone represented.
One can not stand on moral judgement and say whether how she led madhvikutty life and what she did or did not do, was right or wrong. However, one can salute what a etne was able to do in a kata male dominated society!
Aug 22, Jessy John rated it it was amazing Shelves: What is most fascinating about this book is the simple honesty with which Madhavikutty dramatises her self and places her life at the vortex of mahavikutty controversial maelstrom unleashed mqdhavikutty the publication of Ente Kadha. Her confessions regarding her prolonged stints with religiosity, her bouts of scepticism, the attempts to project herself as a sinner before her readers and a saint before her gods all add to the enthralling What is most fascinating about this book is the simple honesty with which Madhavikutty dramatises her self and places her life at the vortex of the controversial maelstrom unleashed by the publication of Ente Kadha.
Her confessions regarding her prolonged stints with religiosity, her bouts of scepticism, the attempts to project herself as a sinner before her readers and a saint before her gods all add to the enthralling enigma we love as Amy or Kamala Das or Madhavikutty.
Harshly critical of Malayali women, who according to her can be much more patriarchal than men themselves, she claims that her poetic freedom of speech was often a red rag to many.
Her ruminations on the deep bonds she enjoys with Punnayoorkulam and the Nalappat tharavadu are at the same time tinged by the searing knowledge that what she actually inherited are the streets of Bombay and her numerous quests for her own self there. She writes with a binocular combination of feminine charm and feminist vigour. Political and polemical, raw and confessional, with a stark simplicity that is the mark of a truly great writer, she continues to rip the mask off the conventional Kerala society of her times.
Once again we are enthralled by this strange muse who dazzles us with her lyrical prose and her sensational thoughts, by the intimacies and confessions she yields, and the easy readings she resists. This volume is further proof that here is a writer who will not go gently into the swirling mists of easy oblivion but will continue to haunt this world and the readers she so loved to enthrall.
K Das has a deft and confident writing style with powerfully effective use of imagery. Clearly a highly intelligent complex person who led a restive emotionally unsatiated life. Hardy’s crushingly depressing assessment of human existence comes to mind: Really an awesome poet, writer and lover.
Some very deep insights about adolescent age, women psychology, love and our sexually suppressed society. Something that cannot be described in mere words.
Love and sexuality in the writings of Kamala Das
With its mesmerizing poetry, and the captivating poet who pinned them up;this is nothing short of marvelous! It’s madhabikutty that when you grow old your perspective changes. It’s so true while re-reading a book too. Many thoughts becomes clear and assumes different marhavikutty. That’s a different experience. I should be very specific. I am reading it for ktha third time. When I first read it, about 15 years ago, the only scene that I remembered from the book was when Das her husband forcibly kissing her when they meet for It’s true that when you grow old your perspective changes.
When I first read it, about 15 years ago, the only scene that I remembered from the book was when Das her husband forcibly kissing her when they meet for the first time. Yet another scene was when her cousin kisses her near a staircase.
Except those scenes I remember nothing till I read it for the third time. I was stuck with those scenes. It might because I was studying in a convent at that time where all such conversation were a taboo Coming back to the review, The Nalappat house, the ancestral home of Kamala provided ample resources to take a deep plunge into the ocean of writing. Her stay in Calcutta too provided ample food for thought.
As the title indicates, it is her story where she did not hide behind any hypocrisy. She came out in the open without diluting her thoughts even once.
Lesbianism, her frequent love affairs, her quest for love – though she discuss themin detail, I wonder whether she had taken many of those things from the world she had created for herself. Somewhere down the line, her all romantic expectations never went beyond a certain level.
It was miles away from reaching a successful culmination. I felt she was unfortunately stuck in her thoughts and her longing for love froze before fruition. All through her work I felt her like a reservoir. The water tapped in it wanted to take its own course. But the big madhavikutyy built around it prevented it.
This thought broke my heart. It was not lust she was talking about but love,pure love. I was also surprised by the kind of relationship she shared with her husband.
She describes that her husband invites his boy friend to her home.
They would shut themselves in madhafikutty room and would behave as lovers. But at the same time she loves her husband too. This was when she was staying away from her husband in Nalappat house with her younger son. When one of her love letters ended up in her husband’s hands he warns her saying that she is innocent and she should keep herself away from such fraudsters. Is n’t it a strange kind of relationships.
Sometimes I am forced to think that Kamala might have acknowledged that her husband is a homosexual.