This story is based on a real life incident and hence not painted with flowery words. The unfortunate heroine of the story, Amminikkutty, lost her right to lead a peaceful life due to the forceful interference of the supposed to be bigwigs and the so called society norms fixed by a male dominated society. More
Blessed are those, who are born as women. Is there any woman who would agree to this statement? No chance, because a woman doesn’t realise herself. She doesn’t try to perceive the spiritual power lying dormant within herself. Instead, she misconstrues materialism to be the real ways of life and hence spends her time fully immersed in materialistic pleasures, turning over and over, only the outer covers of the book called life. What she has to face and put up with, is a series of catastrophes. The heroine of this novel, Amminikkutty, was from a more or less good background, was kind hearted with pleasing manners and appearance. But it was the lack of one thing, God’s favour and protection, which destroyed her life. Or was God purifying her by bestowing upon her, a life of continued misery to compensate the tribulations of her previous births? The readers can find solace only if they tune to such a line of thinking.
The story of Amminikkutty is the balance sheet of innumerable insults and unbelievable miseries which the women suffer in this society. The real face of a bigwig of society, who put on the outer mask of civility, is exposed in this novel. The sister in law who doesn’t like to sacrifice her free, easy going ways of life at her mother’s house even after getting married, together with her flirting husband make the heroine’s life miserable still.
But still, she doesn’t give in. She spends her life without troubling anybody, by ruminating in the sweet memories of the happy but short lived days of her past and dreaming of rejoining with her love.
The novelist, who was able to witness a life from near, narrates the story in an innate simple way, without putting in decorative tassels and fringes. But why?
Simply to see that at least little pathos are still remnant in human hearts from where kindness and tenderness are fast disappearing,
Simply to ensure and caution ourselves that we are not given to the bad, cruel ways like the personages of this story.
Simply to shed a drop of tear to perform oblation of the manes to the numerous women who still bear the burden of miserable lives and
Simply to pray for them.
Let Miss.Deepa be able to contribute further stories of this genre, which will expose the true lives of women of our society behind their false masks.
With lots of love,
Dr. Lekshmi Kumari,
Kodungallur, Kerala, India
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