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Kvinnor på ett tåg by Anita Nair
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bookshelves: feminism-ish, eastern-asian-literature

Akhila has always thought of others, never herself. Since her father died, she has become the provider of the family. The other siblings have been married off, and she has turned 45 years old. She is not married and have no children. Does a woman need a man to feel complete? Is it possible to have a purpose on one's own?

The author investigates the woman's destiny with a feminist approach. Women who don't accept their place, which is to belong to a man and serve him, are treated badly. Akhila has dreams, but is afraid that people think badly of her.

One day, Akhila leaves her former life and embarks on a journey. She shares a train coupe with five other women, which all tell her their stories, which helps her make a decision and create a new life with her own dreams, love on her own terms, exploring her desires and sexuality.

It’s wonderfully written. The prose adjusts to the characters. A teacher in chemistry is seeing the world from the chemistry point of view. It’s beautiful description how people affect each other and develop, just as substances react and becomes something new. It is also a funny book at times, as when the same woman are tired of her strong-willed, self-absorbed husband's behavior towards her and other people, and feeds him into obesity.

All in all, it is an interesting book about Indian women and their search for liberation.
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Reading Progress

June 15, 2016 – Shelved
June 15, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
September 26, 2016 –
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September 26, 2016 – Shelved as: feminism-ish
September 27, 2016 – Started Reading
September 27, 2016 – Finished Reading
October 13, 2016 – Shelved as: eastern-asian-literature

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