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Anita Nair's Ladies Coupé follows the journey of 5 middle-aged women . The title of the book itself makes a point about the way the Indian. Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. At 45, Akhila awakes one day with a "fight-or- flight" notion. The Widows of Malabar Hill (A Perveen Mistry Novel Book 1). Meet Akhila: forty-five and single, an income-tax clerk, and a woman who has never In the intimate atmosphere of the all-women sleeping car - the 'Ladies Coupe' - Akhila asks the five women the question that has been haunting “A deeply serious, enjoyably lucid book about real terrors and joys, full of Download PDF.
She says the novel has only helped her to discover some more mysteries of life. Brahmins and non-brahmins. Then when I key it in, I add some things, elaborate on it. Akhila is that sort of a woman. The Telegraph Like a ragpicker with an eagle eye, she [Nair] observes the ordinary lives of maidservants, masseurs. On criticism about the lack of women characters in The Better Man:
She smiles. Advertising was that time for me. So I still keep hearing about board meetings and campaigns.
Only that I try to understand what disturbs me, be it things in me or things and people around me. Our curly haired writer is almost transferred to another world when she talks about her moment of strength and, yes, her sleeveless shirt only shows the goose pimples more prominently. I was sleeping out in the open, when I woke up with this bright light shining in my eyes, it was almost like a flashlight.
And when I opened my eyes, there was this beautiful white light and a lovely star-studded sky, It was then that a feeling of contentment and beauty filled me.
I realised that no matter what goes wrong, this beauty, this feeling of serenity, will always be there. It was much later that someone told me that the milky way is very clear from that part of the village.
Having explored writing for both men and women, who is it she prefers to write for? You can be yourself, unlike with women, where you have to be very careful, politically correct to be precise.
And has she been careful in her new book? I always tend to take my own turns. Ms Nair builds her story around an imaginary village in Kerala—what is it that she is looking at?
It is through my writing that I tend to go back into a world of my own. And yes, she is going back to her village after the hectic schedule surrounding her book release is over. But readers and critics alike gave their verdict: Her second novel, Ladies Coupe, recently published by Penguin India, should answer that.
Ladies Coupe: In the beginning… Some years ago I was buying a ticket and I found this special ladies line clubbed with the handicapped and senior citizens. I was a little disturbed by the blatant inequality and I wanted to write about it. Either you discuss it or write essays. In my case, whenever things perplex me, I write fiction. I am not a feminist but I feel strength is not usually considered a womanly thing. Then I resumed in February and finished by the end of the year.
The way it works… I plan certain incidents and the narration happens as I write, which is in long hand.
Then when I key it in, I add some things, elaborate on it. I partly draw my characters from stories, films or people I see, sometimes at a railway station. I remember meeting someone like Akhila some time back very briefly.
She had a sad look in her eyes. I wonder about their lives and write. It took a lot out of me. There were multiple voices and multiple lives that had to be lived out in my head. The Better Man was a quieter novel that way, the character too had his problems but it was all within his mind rather than actual problems.
These women had actual problems.
It was quite exhausting trying to experience them. On criticism about the lack of women characters in The Better Man: Women may not have been larger than life characters in that novel but they had dignity.
If I had to include it all, then it becomes this magnum opus with points of view of everybody. Why was that? Well, actually what happened was that the editors had changed.
Though they did like the book they felt that for the book to work in their country it required certain changes. So it was a question of how much I was willing to do that.
I was not willing to change it. Though I have never faced a problem that way — The Better Man the first book by an Indian writer to have been published by Picador USA was acknowledged here and abroad. Being a writer Writing is a necessity for me, an addiction. The art of storytelling Literary fiction can be written without being too academic or highbrow.
When I create characters they have to have a physical form, I need to touch and feel them. What next? I am doing a book for Puffin on Indian myths, resurrecting the not so well known myths. I need a break from human beings for a while.
I have planned this trilogy, starting with The Better Man. Five women—later joined by a sixth —find themselves travelling together on a long train journey in that well-known space, the ladies coupe, or ladies compartment. Akhila is one day seized by a nameless desire — to get on to a train and travel to the farthest point on the map of India, Kanyakumari. She gives in, and finds herself on a train with four other women— Janaki, Margaret Shanti, Prabha Devi and Marikolanthu.
As it often happens on long train journeys, your fellow-travellers are both curious and giving, and share not only their tiffin but also their lives with you.
At first, she asks for and expects to get help in making her decisions, and is told that she must decide for herself. Initially somewhat upset, she later recognises the wisdom of this advice and her respect for her fellow travellers goes up. Once Akhila assumes the role of family head, her own wishes and desires are forgotten by everyone and she too puts a firm lid — not always successfully — on them.
Margaret boils with rage against her drawer-of-genitalia-in-library-books husband, Ebenezer, for his many conceits but remains silent. Until such time as she decides to resist and finds her own unique weapon, like the others, to do so.
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