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My Story

My Story
$24.50
Item Code: IHL467
Author: Kamala Das
Publisher: D.C. Books
Edition: 2009
ISBN: 9788172238971
Pages: 214
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 7.8 inch X 5.0 inch
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From the Book

Kamala Das (1934-2009) was recognized as one of India’s foremost poets. She was the author of several novels, collections of poetry and short stories in English as well as in Malayalam, in which she wrote as Madhavikutty. Some of her works in English include the novel Alphabet of Lust (1977), a collection of short stories, Padmavati the Harlot and Other Stories (1992), the poetry collections Summer in Calcutta (1965), The Descendants (1967), The Old Playhouse and Other Poems (1973) and Only the Soul Knows How to Sing (1996). She received several awards including the PEN Poetry Prize and the Sahitya Akademi Award. She was also nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1984. Her works have been translated into a number of languages including French, Spanish, Russian, German and Japanese.

Back of the Book

Born in 1934 in Kerala, Kamala Das was the author of several novels, collections of poetry and short stories in English as well as Malayalam. First published in Malayalam in 1973, My Story, her sensational autobiography, shocked readers with its total disregard for mindless conventions and its fearless articulation of subjects still considered taboo. Depicting the author’s intensely personal experiences in her passage to womanhood and shedding light on the hypocrisies that informed traditional society, this memoir was far ahead of its time and is now acknowledged as a bona fide masterpiece

Relocating My Story: K. Satchidanandanvii
1 Rule Britannia 1
2 The Park Street Home 4
3 The Bougainvillea 8
4 The Nalapat House 11
5 The Scent of Ambergris 15
6 The Village School 18
7 The Feudal System 22
8 Matriarchy 26
9 Grand-uncle Narayana Menon 30
10 A Children’s Theatre 34
11 The Convent 39
12 The Boarders 43
13 17, Lansdowne Road 47
14 The Bengal Aristocracy 51
15 Liza Beck 54
16 Mahabharata 58
17 The Hindu-Moslem Riots 62
18 15, Lake Avenue 66
19 Mothers Long Illness 70
20 A Brush with Love 74
21 An Arranged Marriage 79
22 The Brutality of Sex 84
23 Like a Toy, a Son 88
24 Mental Depression 92
25 A Desire to Die 96
26 The Psyehoanalyst 100
27 Sedation 105
28 A Greed for Love 110
29 Woodhouse Road 114
30 A Misalliance 118
31 A Holiday at Panchgani 123
32 Dr Mrs. Karunakaran 129
33 My Great-Grandmother 133
34 A Transfer to Calcutta 137
35 The Cocktail Season 141
36 Penfriends 146
37 The P.E.N. Poetry Prize 149
38 La Boheme 153
39 Jaisurya 157
40 A Season of Illness 162
41 A Poet’s Notoriety 166
42 The Bombay Hospital 171
43 The Long Summer of Love 176
44 The Fourteen Days War 182
45 For Each, an Escape Route 147
46 The Intensive Cardiac Care Unit194
47 A Columnist 199
48 The Indian Poverty 203
49 A Freedom to Discompose207
50 Death—a Reality 211

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