– Jyothirllatha Girija
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statement of a famous writer. If a man writes his autobiography, revealing his
thoughts and his life s incidents that can be shared with others, it will
definitely be an interesting long story! When I reminisced about it, I mused
why I myself should not put down in black and white my own story. In our
country, that is India, the one and only man qualified to do so was none other
than Mahatma Gandhi. He was one who never boosted his personality either by uttering
lies or by concealing truths. Nevertheless, in this autobiographical story, I m
not going to utter any lies. I intend narrating only such things as will not
offend or hurt the feelings of others. My reference to others doesn t relate to
those who are connected with my life alone. As one who s crossed the ocean of
unbearable sufferings and sorrows, the truths I m going to divulge in this
story are going to hurt for sure the feelings of such men and women who re till
date causing similar grief to others. But I can t help it.
The story revolves around the life of two women Pankajam and Durga but they cannot be termed the protagonists of the book since the real protagonist is every woman who has been subjected to exploitation through the years, every woman who found their worth and dared to rise, every woman who could succumbed to the exploitation.
The story is timed during the pre independence age during which women were trodden by the society including other women in the name of dowry, widowhood, and many such rotten rules of the society. Inspired by the teachings by great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and fed up of the sufferings, Durga and Pankajam rises from the ashes like a phoenix.
The book will shake our conscience for sure. Every reader irrespective of the gender will be touched by the intensity of the story. Authoress portrayed a deep story in simple words embellished with rich vocabulary. That the book was written originally decades back surprised me. Jyothirllatha Girija is that writer who never fails to astonish me with her talent. The book should be treated as a classic due to the age when it was written and also due to the narrative. The book is a historical fiction as well as thriller. While authors cram their heads to pull of a suspense these days, the authoress successfully did it decades back.
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