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Perumal Murugan Aniruddhan Vasudevan

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One Part Woman About the Book One Part Woman All of Kali and Ponnas efforts to conceive a child from prayers to penance potions to pilgrimages have been in vain Despite being in a loving and sexually satisfying rel

  • Title: One Part Woman
  • Author: Perumal Murugan Aniruddhan Vasudevan
  • ISBN: 0670086517
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Hardcover
  • About the Book One Part Woman All of Kali and Ponnas 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 charAbout the Book One Part Woman All of Kali and Ponnas 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 couples 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, Aniruddhan Vasudevan Perumal Murugan is a well known contemporary Tamil writer and poet He was written six novels, four collections of short stories and four anthologies of poetry Two of his novels have been translated into English to wide acclaim Seasons of the Palm, which was shortlisted for the prestigious Kiriyama Award in 2005, and Current Show He has received awards from the Tamil Nadu government as well as from Katha Books Aniruddhan Vasudevan is a performer, writer, translator and activist based in Chennai He has written for the New Indian Express, Media Voice and Kalachuvadu He also 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, and is also working on his first novel.

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    1. Vipassana on said:

      Like Hannah Arendt, I'm more than ever of the opinion that a decent human existence is possible today only on the fringes of society, where one then runs the risk of starving or being stoned to death. Some people choose the fringes, some are pushed into them by their circumstances. Kali and Ponna lay in the fringes simply because they failed to have a child. The modern urban person might sneer at this. Backward. Surely this doesn't happen today in the cities. However much one might like to belie [...]

    2. Aditi on said:

      "There is no female without the male, and no male without the female. The world goes on only when they come together." ----Perumal MuruganOne Part Woman, the book which erupted fires of scandal through the right wings forces and other caste groups and that which finally put an end to the career of Perumal Murugan, a popular Indian Tamil writer, is one hell of a striking and extremely poignant book that is a must read and must be worshiped by all literary fans of India, not because of the story b [...]

    3. Vimal Thiagarajan on said:

      Easily one of the most poignant pieces of literature that I've ever read. Thanks to the Madras High Court for lifting the ban on the Tamil version, though that doesn't do much reparation to the mental agonies the author had to undergo or to the unfortunate readers who might not see another novel from such a talented exponent of the language. But it at least put an end to my annoying 2-year wait to grab the Tamil version with the English version(One Part Woman) tantalizing me all the time to read [...]

    4. Syl on said:

      Was a wonderful read. I love regional Indian literature which enables me to explore this vast, varied and beautiful country of mine, at my own pace, and in the comfort of my home. And I like it more, if the writing is crisp,taut as well as descriptive.This book dealt with the subject of despair of childless couple, and how they have to cope up with society who feels they lack something. I have encountered the despair of childless couple in my professional life, and I know how devastating the nee [...]

    5. Saileena on said:

      I bought this book to show solidarity with the author after he was bullied by right wing elements and forced to apologise etc.So this was my statement for freedom of expression. i am against banning any book.And I am glad I did,else i would have missed reading a wonderful book:)The prose is superb and I can only imagine how beautiful it must be in original tamil. The descriptions of the village and temples and festival crowds etc are superb.kes one feel like going there and being a part of it.Th [...]

    6. Srinivas on said:

      It is said man is a social animal. The moment the man believed it, he became a slave to the very society imperceptibly he is a part. Society placed the rules, he followed. Society built the civilizations, he ruled. Whole time he forgot that he made the society. If society is water he is the bowl that containing it. So he, only, holds the power to change a society's discourse. But in course of time, Man let society rule him. This is where One Part Woman started. One Part Woman is about a village [...]

    7. Shanmugam on said:

      மேம்போக்கான நாவல்99% உதிரி பாத்திரங்கள் அப்பட்டமாய் குழந்தையின்மையை நக்கல் செய்கிறார்கள் அல்லது பிள்ளையில்லா சொத்துக்கு ஆசைப்படுகிறார்கள். நாகரிகம் கொடுத்திருக்கும் வரப்பிரசாதமான(? [...]

    8. Bryn Hammond on said:

      An enjoyable, involving novel, on the classic novelist's fare of individuals squeezed and pressured by the community they live in.Kali and Ponna aren't allowed to be happy; expectations are that they must have children, which doesn't happen; slowly this single issue throttles their lives. Often the neighbours don't even mean to be cruel, or advert to That Issue; but the wife Ponna grows more and more sensitive on it and cannot stop herself lashing back at people, which digs her hole deeper; whil [...]

    9. Anupama Ma on said:

      tl;dr : Vyasa- Ambika-Ambalika. What better way to make a book popular than to demand a ban on it. This isn't a book that I would have picked up if it hadn't been for the whole controversy around it. I'm not sure whether I got the sanitised version or the original 'scandalous' version of the book. I would have loved to read it in Tamil, but it would have taken me much longer to finish the book and my curiosity got the better of me. But the translation is quite good. And since those of us from Ta [...]

    10. Kru on said:

      The controversies shrouding this book, hurting people's sentiment, women, caste and religion at large, so many debates in media, and not much support from expected quarter, were the only reason I was intrigued by this book.It would have been lovely reading it in Tamil, but I really couldn't wait any longer. Also, if it had the local slang, it would have been difficult to understand. Luckily, reading it in English, made it a quick read.I rather found it as a take on the society at large, not any [...]

    11. WordsBeyondBorders on said:

      பெருமாள் முருகன் எனக்கு மிகவும் பிடித்த ஒரு எழுத்தாளர். இது அவருடைய மாதொருபாகன் பற்றிய ஏன் எண்ணங்களை பற்றிய ஒரு சிறு (biased?) குறிப்பு மட்டுமே. விரிவான அலசலோ, விமர்சனமோ கிடையாது.குழந்தைப்பே [...]

    12. Pechi on said:

      Now, this is true historic fiction. Not the likes of Ponniyin Selvan.Meticulously well-researched, amazingly written and splendidly rich with layers of poetic imagery, philosophy, and raw emotions, Madhorubagan is one of a kind.It is one of those rare novels that sustain your attention with suspense so torturous that it makes you impatiently rush through the whole book to the ultimate revelation in the very last paragraph. Such impatience, panic & restlessness – I’ve previously felt only [...]

    13. Sairam Krishnan on said:

      Several friends have reviewed this novel and their overall sentiment seems to be that there are flaws, both in the writer's gaze and in the translation. A friend has read it in the original Tamil and written about how the novel seems to float along on the surface, not going deep enough. Confronted by these viewpoints, I'm inclined to nod my head at the criticisms, most of which seem valid enough. I'll add one of mine for good measure: Kali's (visceral?) anger at his betrayal at the end just does [...]

    14. Hari Balaji on said:

      To someone who speaks Tamil but cannot read it fluently this translation is a gift since it allows me to seamlessly empathise with the original - a thought provoking theme, beautiful story telling and a brilliant conclusion. In Perumal Murugan I've found my Tamil Chinua Achebe.

    15. Ashish on said:

      My first book by Perumal Murugan, in my quest to read more books by South Indian authors. I was made aware of this books thanks to the great reviews and the controversy surrounding it, where in some religious groups had protested against parts of the book which they perceived had hurt their religious sentiments. It lead to a halt in the book's printing, leading to the author having to give a public apology, which drove him to quit as a writer. While he did get back to writing subsequently, the b [...]

    16. Sangeetha Ramachandran on said:

      A review of its translated version urged me to pick this book. While googling about it, the controversies it created, the author deciding to quit writing after its ban were what appeared in front of me at first. I started reading this one with so many thoughts in mind.This Tamil novel, published about four year ago talks about a ritual that existed decades ago in tradition. The story hails from Tamil culture of decades ago in which era the institution of marriage demanded child. OK if you think [...]

    17. Indrani Sen on said:

      Could not love it as much as I wanted to. I could not quite relate to Ponna's overreacting to every minor insult on her childlessness. , In my opinion, the social stigma of being childless was narrated just too many times with too many similar incidents and insults. The end was also not quite satisfactory to me either. The character Muthu I felt was the most interesting with his numerous hiding places and his empathy. Here again the hiding places were too many with too much effort gone in to the [...]

    18. Anushka on said:

      It's absolutely terrible what the author had to go through for writing such a poignant piece and it's our duty as sensible readers to recognise the brilliant effort and make this more popular. Every person who reads and appreciate is giving it right back to the people who created chaos out of nothing eventually robbing a writer of his passion and familiarity. I, personally loved the book, it's characters and the depiction of a custom that seems almost too advanced for it's age but after knowing [...]

    19. Raja Subramanian on said:

      I wish I had obtained the original Tamil version Maadhorubaagan instead of the English translation. Not that the translation by Aniruddhan Vasudevan is bad. In fact, the translation is very good, and does tremendous justice to the original. In places, the translation does appear awkward as I tried to map the sentences to what possibly could have been in Tamil. Otherwise, the trnaslation is fairly good.One Part Woman deals with a very sensitive topic - of couple living in a village near Thiruchen [...]

    20. Hajarath Prasad Abburu on said:

      4.5 Stars actually! One of the best reads of this year. Loved it very much.

    21. Prasad GR on said:

      Life is full of ironies. I had not heard of Perumal Murugan's book before. Until, that is, some so-called pro-Hindu outfits decided to be offended by this book one fine day, five years late.It is absolutely unbelievable that an intimately private account of the travails of a childless couple has been so grossly twisted out of shape to gain cheap political-cum-religious mileage. Ironically enough, I downloaded this book and read it on my Kindle only after protests erupted demanding its ban. So, a [...]

    22. Sreekanth Narayan on said:

      I wouldn't have come across this book if not for the controversy it was embroiled in, that even forced the author to hang up his boots on writing. Very often does one come up with such brilliant works that paint a vivid picture of the countryside and its social customs in various parts of India; one that still reeks of arrack and toddy; one that is blemished with poverty and illiteracy and untouchability. It is disheartening that such creative works need an outcry by fringe elements to garner pu [...]

    23. Shayantani Das on said:

      This book did strange things to me. Sometimes it led me to a window through which I could observe the lives of Poona and Kali and I was soothed by the beauty, the quiet and the uproar of it. This is especially true of scenes where Poona is lying below the Portia tree, or when he is in the barnyard and Poona is preparing pongal. There is a serenity to it that you do not find in urban narratives. At other times the lack of action made me extremely restless. Maybe this reflects entirely on how I am [...]

    24. Sanjay Rajan on said:

      It is one of those books which will make you think about the pain that people go through when they are secluded from the society for a particular reason. this case it's the impotency of Kali/Ponnal. The characters are well explained and the way the story is told is too good. Overall an awesome book to read if you are not very conservative ;)

    25. Vinay Leo R. on said:

      Review at A Bookworm's MusingThis story is beautiful. It's flowing, not fast, and I felt an urgency to know what happened to the characters, the prominent ones being Kali and Ponna, a childless couple. Worth reading

    26. Versha on said:

      What a heartbreaking novel this was! The poignant tone of this book somewhere, somehow touched my soul and yet again this book reminded me 'why I love reading books' to this extent. Though Kali and Ponna were a perfect couple in every sense yet they had to undergo unbearable tourture everyday just because they were childless even after 12 years of marriage. And this started overpowering a beautiful relationship they shared.What does one achieve if one has a child? Moksha? or a permanent place in [...]

    27. Jennifer on said:

      This was a sad, sad story. I suppose it could be considered to be simply written, but some things are hard to translate. Although this takes place during a time of first movies and the British still in power, some things never change. There are still bullock carts, people living in thatched roof homes, small plots of land being farmed,caste issues, etc. It could easily be modern day India in a village off the main road . Infertility is an issue that is hard to talk about, especially when I don't [...]

    28. Nitya on said:

      Of love. Of sex. Of childlessness. Of pain. Of trust betrayed. Of the pressure to conform.An insightful novel that peers into a happy marriage that slowly succumbs to the grief caused by the lack of a child and societal pressure. "There is no female without the male and no male without the female. The world goes on only when they come together."He captures the pain of the taunts and the barbs aimed at the childless and the barren, the longing to hold a child, the lengths one will go to satisfy t [...]

    29. Rathiyanka on said:

      It is strange when you read a regional literature written in your mother tongue translated in another language. Considering Tamil has a decorative prose, the author has made a commendable effort trying to capture the ethos of the original text. The plot as such is gripping and draws you in completely to the end. A story written with so much conviction for the land and the people.

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