Kamala Marangal Poem Analysis

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Madhavikutty (Kamala Das) explores the innermost recesses of the female psyche in her uninhibited portrayals of man-woman and woman-woman relationships, says K.Sachidanandan, the poet-editor. The political ramifications of the woman-woman relationship posited alongside man-woman relationship has been noted by Rosemary M. George in her essay ‘Queernesses All Mine: Same-sex Desire in Kamala Das’s Fiction and Poetry’. ‘’Chandana Marangal’, written by Kamala Das in 1988 and translated into English as ‘The Sandal Trees’ in 1995 by V.C.Harris and C.K.Mohammed Ummer, charts the complex love life that spans five decades of two Nair women who are unable to ignore the attraction and love for each other even as they fall in and out of love from their heteronormative married life. Kalyanikutty and Sheela fall in love as adolescents in their native place initiating themselves into the sexual landscape. When the nature of their relationship is discovered Sheela is married off to a family friend who is twenty one years her senior. Following this Kalyanikutty too chooses to marry. Both become doctors with Kalyanikutty’s fees being paid by Sheela’s mother after her father’s death. Kalyanikutty divorces her husband after two and a half years of marriage but Sheela remains in hers. Realizing that Sheela would never leave her…show more content…
Kalyanikutty opts for a lifestyle based on her own terms and her choice of sexuality. As opposed to the subtle representations and images of same-sex desire and sexuality in other works of Das , in The Sandal Trees, homoeroticism cannot be marginalised as insignificant or an adolescent phase. To Sheela, the heteronormative familial institution turns out to be a disappointment after her pleasurable initiation into homosexuality by
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