In past months, right wing associations and caste groups forced Perumal Murugan to commit literary suicide.To protest against the informal ban imposed by these organizations- Paradigm Shift is proud to host the reading of 'One Part Woman'. Event is open for all and do come to show solidarity with the author.
Excerpts from the novel: '...They could never forget the night that followed. That was the night everything came together blissfully. That was the night they slept well, confident that the seed they'd planted would definitely grow. She also thought of it as her penance for wounding his heart with her words earlier that day. His body and mind expressed his conviction that nothing could sufficiently express his gratitude for this woman who had risked her life doing something all women feared to do. The night was filled to the brim with giving and receiving. In the middle of the farm, on the coir rope cot, she lay like a garland on his chest. They both felt they needed nothing; nothing could make him happier to than to die at such moment.
She was confident that she wouldn't bleed that month, that there would be finally be an end to all the talk...'
Brief of the novel: All of Kali and Ponna’s efforts to conceive a child—from prayers to penance, potions to pilgrimages—have been in vain. Despite being in a loving and sexually satisfying relationship, they are relentlessly hounded by the taunts and insinuations of the people around them. Ultimately, all their hopes and apprehensions come to converge on the chariot festival in the temple of the half-female god Ardhanareeswara and the revelry surrounding it. Everything hinges on the one night when rules are relaxed and consensual union between any man and woman is sanctioned. This night could end the couple’s suffering and humiliation. But it will also put their marriage to the ultimate test. Acutely observed, One Part Woman lays bare with unsparing clarity a relationship caught between the dictates of social convention and the tug of personal anxieties, vividly conjuring an intimate and unsettling portrait of marriage, love and sex.
About the Author: Perumal Murugan is a well known Tamil writer and poet. He has written six novels and four collections of each of short stories and poetry. Two of his novels have already been translated into English to wide acclaim: Seasons of the Palm, which was shortlisted for the prestigious Kiriyama Prize in 2005, and Current Show.
About the Translator: Aniruddhan Vasudevan is a performer, writer, translator and activist. He documents various public health projects and art projects, and is involved in LGBT advocacy work. He is currently a graduate student in anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin. (Courtesy: Penguins India)
We are consciously hosting the reading on Martyrs day when right wing Hindutva activist silenced the messiah of non-violence - MK Gandhi. Our struggle for freedom of expression and duty to protest against the atrocities of fanatics shall continue.