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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Kamala Suraiya, better known as Kamala Das, is a well-known female Indian writer writing in English as well as Malayalam, her native language.
She is considered one of the outstanding Indian poets writing in English, although her popularity in Kerala is based chiefly on her short stories and autobiography. Much of her writing in Malayalam came under the pen name Madhavikku Kamala Suraiya, better known as Kamala Das, is a well-known female Indian writer writing in English as well as Malayalam, her native language.
Much of her writing in Malayalam came under the pen name Madhavikkutty. She was born on March 31, in Malabar in Kerala, India. She is the daughter of V. Nair, a former managing editor of the widely-circulated Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi, and Nalappatt Balamani Amma, a renowned Malayali poetess.
Kamala Das is probably the first Hindu woman to openly and honestly talk about sexual desires of Indian woman, which made her an iconoclast of her generation. The fact that the book has run into thirty editions is proof enough to appreciate the popularity of the book Get A Copy.
Paperback , pages. Published March 1st first published February 1st More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. U can download Pdf File Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. This book was originally published in Malayalam as Ente Katha in The featured book is the translated version by K. I am so glad I picked up this book. The book starts with a detailed paged introduction by the translator which helps in understanding the book in a more personal way.
The book is divided into 50 short chapters which deal with her childhood, an early arranged marriage, frequent shifts, her indifferent husband, her love of writing, loneliness, depression, unfulfil This book was originally published in Malayalam as Ente Katha in I find it really liberating how she writes with such an independent spirit about her desires ,both physical and mental issues written in such a clear straightforward way.
I really love the book regarding her honest opinion regarding some metropolitan cities. And the way she brings forward the woes of living in a patriarchal society I can totally relate to her when she defends herself about books, authors and buying books.
Overall, this book went over my expectations! View 2 comments. It is rare that I read an Indian author in English, but Kamala Das and her book were a gambit that worked.
My story is the story of Kamala Das, a woman born in a conservative society of Kerala. In the book, she explores the desires of women of that era who were bound by tradition and had no say in any matters.
It is not a continuous story but rather a collection of incidents based on the lives of various women the author came across in her life. It is difficult to say how much of it is true as s It is rare that I read an Indian author in English, but Kamala Das and her book were a gambit that worked.
It is difficult to say how much of it is true as she tends to tease the reader with a story only to reveal that it was all along a work of imagination. I cannot imagine the reaction she must have faced when she published her book. But it is an interesting read for people who love to explore the depths and corners of a vast ocean known as the human nature. Aug 22, Jessy John rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. What is most fascinating about this book is the simple honesty with which Madhavikutty dramatises her self and places her life at the vortex of the controversial maelstrom unleashed by the publication of Ente Kadha.
Her confessions regarding her prolonged stints with religiosity, her bouts of scepticism, the attempts to project herself as a sinner before her readers and a saint before her gods all add to the enthralling What is most fascinating about this book is the simple honesty with which Madhavikutty dramatises her self and places her life at the vortex of the controversial maelstrom unleashed by the publication of Ente Kadha.
Her confessions regarding her prolonged stints with religiosity, her bouts of scepticism, the attempts to project herself as a sinner before her readers and a saint before her gods all add to the enthralling enigma we love as Amy or Kamala Das or Madhavikutty. Harshly critical of Malayali women, who according to her can be much more patriarchal than men themselves, she claims that her poetic freedom of speech was often a red rag to many. Her ruminations on the deep bonds she enjoys with Punnayoorkulam and the Nalappat tharavadu are at the same time tinged by the searing knowledge that what she actually inherited are the streets of Bombay and her numerous quests for her own self there.
She writes with a binocular combination of feminine charm and feminist vigour. Political and polemical, raw and confessional, with a stark simplicity that is the mark of a truly great writer, she continues to rip the mask off the conventional Kerala society of her times.
Once again we are enthralled by this strange muse who dazzles us with her lyrical prose and her sensational thoughts, by the intimacies and confessions she yields, and the easy readings she resists. This volume is further proof that here is a writer who will not go gently into the swirling mists of easy oblivion but will continue to haunt this world and the readers she so loved to enthrall. Disappointing and incomplete too So many repetitions And the spelling.!!! Will not buy another Malayalam ebook Review coming up.
I had heard of this book for a long time. Somehow, never laid my hands on it and therefore, never read. It is courtesy Dr Nagraja, my Linguistics professor from college that I got to read it now! He was moving to Mysore from Pune, and this was among the books he donated to our library The Book Leaf. And am I glad it was!
What spontaneous writing! There is nothing stilted about the writing style of Kamala Das. I can well imagine what it must have been to chat with her face-to-face!
In the time of I had heard of this book for a long time. In the time of just independent India, when the position of women had a lot to cry about still, here is a woman who knew her mind and who put herself and her individuality much before anything else.
Who was not scared of putting down on paper exactly what she had done in life and what she thought of her husband and various other relations are were thrust on her I doubt many of us modern women with our high power jobs and parenting, can have half the courage that she alone represented.
One can not stand on moral judgement and say whether how she led her life and what she did or did not do, was right or wrong. However, one can salute what a woman was able to do in a very male dominated society! View 1 comment. K Das has a deft and confident writing style with powerfully effective use of imagery. Clearly a highly intelligent complex person who led a restive emotionally unsatiated life.
Hardy's crushingly depressing assessment of human existence comes to mind: "happiness is but an occasional episode in a general drama of pain" To apply it precisely to Kamalaben - need to replace "happiness" with "near fulfilment" and "pain" with "frustration".
It's true that when you grow old your perspective changes. It's so true while re-reading a book too. Many thoughts becomes clear and assumes different dimensions. That's a different experience. I should be very specific. I am reading it for the third time.
When I first read it, about 15 years ago, the only scene that I remembered from the book was when Das her husband forcibly kissing her when they meet for It's true that when you grow old your perspective changes. When I first read it, about 15 years ago, the only scene that I remembered from the book was when Das her husband forcibly kissing her when they meet for the first time. Yet another scene was when her cousin kisses her near a staircase.
Except those scenes I remember nothing till I read it for the third time. I was stuck with those scenes.
Love and sexuality in the writings of Kamala Das
She was motivated to write this as she became ill and thought will not survive. The book was controversial and outspoken and had her critics gunning her after it was published in ; often shocking her readers with her for conventions and expression of her opinions on subjects in society- more often on the hypocrisy of it. Though My Story was supposed to be an autobiography, Das later admitted that there was plenty of fiction in it.. Surayya herself translated the book into English, titled My Story. This book is about Aami Kamala , starting from her childhood and her village. It also depicts her teenage love towards a neighbor of the same age.
Ente Kadha Madhavikkutty
Ente Katha is one of the most controversial and famous autobiographies. Kamala Das has presented her life story in the form of a novel in Malayalam, being forthright and extraordinarily honest throughout. Ente Katha was serialized in the now non-operational Malayalam weekly called Malayalanadu in Kamala Das writes candidly about her marriage, children, extramarital affairs, and her life as a popular and controversial writer. It has been translated into several other languages.