Contemporary women writers of Indian writing in English
P.T.Lee Chengalvaraya Naicker Engineering College,
Oovery. Tamil Nadu State, India. 2009
Abstract: This paper gives insights into each “modus operandi” adopted by some of the women luminaries of Indian writing in English. Their mission and vision of their writing career, the influences with which they write, the message they want to convey to the readers are all to some extent analyzed.
What is so evident among Indian women writers
One evident trait among all the contemporary women writers in Indian writing in English is the revolutionary spirit with which they strive to write. In some of the works by Arundati Roy, simply it is an explosion of the pent- up feelings , which has long been gathering.
Tool for Social Justice: In the deft hands of strong willed writers like Ashapurna Devi, writing serves as a platform for social service. She has served the society through her virulent writings. She can be suitably called the Linguistic Dictator of Bengal. Asha Purna Debi’s burning flame of passion to serve the under privileged through her chosen medium is something rare.
Common Characters seen every day The secret behind the success of novels written by contemporary women writers is their simple and life –like characters. They usually hail from middle class families. This is one of the techniques the author employs to make the readers deeply involve and subsequently the novels become quite absorbing and interesting. Similarly Manju Kapur’s ‘Home’ revolves around a large typical Indian Joint Family.
Accent on female characters: Though Indian women writers, wax eloquence on all aspects of the flaws and felicity of characters both male and female, the main thrust is on female characters. They will evoke sometimes sympathy or sorrow, sometimes they outshine even male characters in intelligence.
Understanding of the psyche of the characters: Cotemporary women writers like Manju Kapur, are considered to be Post Graduate students in the university of life. Through their character, they speak, They admit sometimes the faults and foilbles of the feminine gender. In her novel, “ Home” Banvarilal’s daughters are selfish and their husbands lethargic. In spite of Sona’s wealthy circumstances in “Home” she is without a child for ten bitter years of Married life. And her sister ‘Rupa’ in spite of her plain, not so stunning look . She was blessed with more happiness than her rich sister sona.
Didactic technique employed by Shoba De: Shoba De in her book “Spouse” reveals , the truth about marriage and intends to teach about the fine values of married life, and moral obligations expected of each spouse, children and in-laws. De analyses thread bare the sacred institution of marriage that has been prevalent for the 40 years. What was the significance of marriage then, what is is now, what it will be in future are well discussed with it’s pros and cons.
- In her book “Spouse” the truth about marriage, gives a peace of suggestion at the tail end of each chapter. Apart from exhorting the readers the lofty ideals of married life apart from serving sort of succinct summary of each chapter. The reader can choose a particular quote dealing with a specific aspect or problem in the married life and can read that chosen chapter as remedy. Shobha De with élan portrays the institution of marriage realistically.
Manju Kapur’s deft handling of humor
Nisha, the daughter of Sona the closing chapters steals the lime light. Her plights in the hands of her uncle who incestuously abused her and her unfulfilled, and jilted love affairs with a low caste boy, when she was a student of English Literature in a University are really elements that would constitute next door neighbors story. Manju Kapur is equally good in employing comedy to give respite from the otherwise harshness of the plot. In this sense she is comparable to a degree to Jane Austen.
Sometimes she makes fun of the middle class house wives, who are obsessed with making her unmarried daughters to undertake hunger fasting for the wellbeing of their future husbands.