Triple Talaq and Waiting for Godot

“The council admit that our native fellow subjects must be allowed the fullest possible freedom in deciding when their children should be ceremonially married. That, in the constitution of Hindu society, is a matter with which no Government could meddle and no Government ought to meddle.” So wrote the British Secretary to the Public Health Society to the Government of Bengal in 1890. The colonial government was reassuring the Hindu community that there was no plan afoot to “interfere” in matters of religion. Historian Tanika Sarkar goes on to emphasise that the official position of the time was that “the age of commencing cohabitation could be raised only if Hindus themselves expressed a great desire for change.”

Writer As Escape Artist By Anuradha Marwah

The Story of the Lost Child is the concluding volume of Elena Ferra­nte’s tetralogy, The Neapolitan Nov­­els. However, it is possible to read it as a pitiless reappraisal. The architecture of the first three novels is pleasingly compact. In the last, the fictio­nal constructions explode. Ferrante announces that unlike ‘great’ wri­ters, she will not shore literary fragments against our ruin. Disconcertingly, we are the ones who are cast (out) into the world.....

The Making of Global Success By Anuradha Marwah

the commodification of women's fictions in the era of India's economic liberalization. The unprecedented success of The God of Small Things was bought at a high cost as the marketing offensive served to contain Roy’s feminist subversions and reconfigure Brand India novel in neo-Orientalist terms. This phenomenon—recognized as Indo-chic1 —was replicated in a minor key three years later with the celebration of glamour, essential Indianness, and intimate representations of Bengaliness attributed to Jhumpa Lahiri. The great contemporary success of these women writers is, thus, an ambiguous triumph if political value were computed.