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Monday, May 16, 2011

My Story by Kamala Das


On the cover:

'The outspoken and controversial autobiography that has become a cult classic.

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.

"I cannot think of any other Indian autobiography that so honestly captures a woman's inner life in all its sad solitude, its desperate longing for real love and its desire for transcendence, its tumult of colours and its turbulent poetry" - K. Satchidanandan

Debolina's verdict:
2/5 I had a lot of expectations from the autobiography of such a renowned poet. Sadly, this turns out to be another tale of open infidelity, where Kamala Das openly runs into each male arm she can find, while her husband is aware of the same and even encourages her to do so. Will not recommend.


- Debolina Raja Gupta