One Part Woman – Perumal Murugan, Aniruddhan Vasudevan (Translator)

One Part Woman

It’s a story of a couple who have failed to conceive a child even after ten years of marriage. Set in a rural landscape, the childless couple is repeatedly insulted and called out for not trying enough to have a child. It is a heartbreaking story of a passionate love that ultimately gives up to the societal pressure. The villagers alienate the couple from social gatherings and even when they take part in one, they are looked down and taunted. It’s a story of two people who love each other enormously but the society doesn’t validate their love because they are unable to reproduce an heir.

I learned about the background of the author and the post-release incidents. The book sparked so much controversy because the story highlights a stingy aspect of society and the right-wing couldn’t take it. The story is narrated in a brilliant way. The constant efforts of the couple to stay together and brush off the taunts made by neighbors, while keeping the love and trust alive in their marriage are touching. The small things they do, keeping in mind to not break the trust of each other, makes you believe in love. Standing against the society, Ponna and Kali trust each other and make continuous efforts to maintain that trust.

The penmanship of Perumal Murugan is plausible, his narration of the rural life and the descriptions of the temples and landscapes will definitely make you want to go there. I can only imagine how beautiful it would be in Tamil.

The book is a beautiful narration of passion and love with incredible details of rural life. The emotions while reading this book will get a stronger page by page as it happened for me.

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