Fragments of a Life: A Family Archive

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Zubaan, 2006 - Brahman women - 207 pages
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This is the life story of Subbalakshmi married at 11 years of age and a mother at 14 in the early 20th century. Hers is yet another instance in the long annals of women whose aspirations, abilities, selfhood, the right to dream and to rebel have been snuffed out by patriarchy. Mythily Sivaraman, a political and social activist of thirty years standing is currently the National Vice-President of the All India Democratic Women s Association. She is the granddaughter of Subbalakshmi.
 

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Contents

The Natal Family
1
Subbalakshmis Marriage
17
Grace Samuel
34
Flight to Madras
41
Subbalakshmis Growing Political Awareness
49
Subbalakshmi and the Charkha
64
Womens Issues in the 1920s
71
Connoisseur of Arts
79
Gurudev
112
Backwaters Again
122
Pankajams Marriage
126
Life after PRGs Retirement
130
As Mother and Grandmother
135
Subbalakshmis South African Dream
143
Religious Faith
150
SitaSavitri Conscience
164

Some of Her Favourite Things
93
Friendships Made
107
The Blue Tin Trunk by Uma Chakravarti
186
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