"कया इसिलिए जान दी थी उनहोंनें? यह जिंदा लाशें, यह पथरिली, चमकीली लाशें. न कोई जमीर, न आतमा. कया इसिलिए दाँव पर लगाया था अपना सबकुछ? यह कभी नहीं बाटेंगे अपना कुछ."
"घर का, परिवार का, करतवय निभाना ही तो सिखाया है बचपन से. कभी कुछ और सोचा ही नहीं."
Do these lines trouble you? Do they make you uncomfortable? Does your skin crawl when you think of your identity? What does "pride" mean to you? What do you take pride in? In the class in which you were born? In the riches you were born ...more
I don't normally cry while reading books or watching movies, but this book brought me very, very close to it.
Broken up into - morning, afternoon, late afternoon and evening. Uff, that last chapter.
Short simple read but power packed.
poignant tale of loss and grief, that can tear you apart.
The story starts on the eve of Brati's death anniversary when Sujata recollects her son’s fond memories from his birth, visiting where he spent his last moments and trying to get to know her deceased son.
Throughout the story Sujata is portrayed as a strong woman who fought against the odds; finding ...more
Mahasweta Devi passed away a few days ago. I decided to pick up "Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa" as my tribute.
It had been a few years since I read a Hindi novel. I had forgotten how Hindi (and perhaps Russian novels) of this era stand in their own class. The emotions you feel when reading these books are not just because of what you feel for the characters, but because you know that these incidents have happened in real life. That these incidents are happening in real life. Authors like Mahasweta Devi...more
I didn't know sh*t about the movement until I read this book.
I fell in love with Sujata. And while reading the book, I was her. It was horrible. I couldn't handle the pain that came my way. Such repression and such passivity. My son was dead. My son is dead. My son saw me when no one else did. I loved him. I love him. I am boiling. I don't know what comes next. I mee ...more
Understanding, loving, angry, confident, rebel, one who seeks justice…different faces of mother is beautifully pictured in the novel. The climax of the novel clearly shows the ignorant response the motherly feelings receive in an unjust society.
On the other hand,the reason how a ...more
Very little happens in the novel and the plot surrounds Sujata's anguish at her son's untimely and unfair death. I felt for her throughout and the author was able to convey her misery successfully as well as make the reader pity her sorry state. But that was not enough to keep me interested. I would have appreciated a detailed characterisation of Sujata and her family to better understand the circumstances of their l ...more
The book I kept thinking of as I read this was Camus’ The Stranger. It is a reverse journey to a similar place of alienation. But here it is a mother grieving for her son and alienated by those around her concerned with carrying on with their lives and forgetting him. He participated in a political movement that took his life and she struggles to understand his beliefs that b ...more
The premise is highly tense with Naxalism at its peak. The details of emotions is very intense and a very engaging and powerful read.
She joined the Rabindranath Tagore-founded Vishvabharati University in Santinik ...more
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