Google Celebrates Woman Who Felt A Book Was Good Substitute For A Man
Usually, search giant Google celebrates the birth or death anniversary of a person who changed the course of history, with a doodle. But the woman in Google’s Doodle today was not born today, nor is it her death day.
So who is she and why celebrate her today? She is Kamala Suraiyya Das, one of India’s greatest poets and storytellers, and today marks the anniversary of the day her autobiography was published.
Titled Ente Katha, Das’ work was published on 1st February, 1973 and it created quite a stir as it talked about her sexual desires, abuse and extra marital affairs. In the 1970s, not many women were so vocal about their desires, but Das was bold, honest and lived her life as per her terms, hence made her mark.
The book reads like a novel and talks about her birth in Kerala, her life in missionary schools in Kolkata, abuse in marriage, affairs, her children and how she became a writer. Here are some quotes from her works which might give you an idea of her fiery personality.
“If wrappings of cloth can impart respectability, the most respectable persons are the Egyptian mummies, all wrapped in layers and layers of gauze”
“A book is a good substitute for a man. Fiction, preferably”
“Like other women writers of my class, I am expected to tame my talent to suit the comfort of my family.”
“You called me wife
I was taught to break saccharine into your tea and
To offer at the right moment the vitamins. Cowering
Beneath your monstrous ego. I
Became a dwarf. I lost my will and reason, to all your
Questions I numbed incoherent replies.”
Hats off to your pen and the will to weave words into beautiful verses, Kamala ji. May we have women who speak their mind, always!
Disclaimer: This article was originally published in scroll
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