|No of pages||540|
|Book Publisher||Become Shakespeare|
|Published Date||10 Jan 2022|
Author : Amiya Coomar GhoshNA
I am an 84-year-old veterinarian. My literary pursuits started with the blessings from his Holiness, Satguru Sainath Maharaj (Shirdi). As a veterinarian, I travelled to numerous remote villages of Rajasthan. The stories of the Rajput societies, especially during the British rule in the 19th century, always amused me. The prevailing social evils painted a bleak picture of the past.
But much before the term 'Feminism' became socially relevant, few brave women raised their voices against social inequality. The novel, initially written in Bengali, is a fictionalised telling of one such rebel organization and their fight for emancipation.
Eventually, my readers compelled me to translate the novel in English, as they believed that this story deserves a much wider audience. The novel is dedicated to those who have fought for the cause of 'Beti Bachao Andolan' (Save the Girl Child Movement).
I hope to inspire them further in their noble endeavours. I take this opportunity to express my profound gratitude to everyone who inspired me and gave their unflinching support. Without them, it would not have been possible to publish this novel. A special mention must be made of Mr Bobby Bose, who undertook the task of publishing the novel.
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It’s a story of women during the times when sati pratha, female infanticide, and repression of women were common practices. While our heroes are intelligent and profound in many ways, it’s the women from both the Hindu and the Muslim community, who join hands to fight the prevailing evil against the patriarchal society and the superstition devised against women.
It’s an ode to women of the era when the idea of feminism didn’t even exist remotely in India. The story of Antarjwala attempts to define women, not by their social or religious backgrounds, but by the sheer fact that they are women trying to find their place in a man’s world.