Shrikant’s career becomes his priority and his wife suffers. This book portrays the plight of almost every Indian wife. The female protagonist Shrimati sacrifices her promising career for the sake of her love and family. Her husband Shrikant, an engineer climbs up the corporate ladder and attains immense success due to his sheer talent and hard work, but starts neglecting his wife. The spark between them starts to fade away and Shrikant’s work becomes his love.
Women authors of the nineteenth century faced a difficult task in getting their work published and acknowledged without harm to their person or reputation. Within the home or out in society, they faced heavy opposition each step of the way. This was not only the problem of female authors; women in general were silenced and oppressed and it is not surprising that many women suffered ill mental health as a result (Sigurthardottir, 27). Focusing on the theme of insanity which constitute a common theme in the Victorian and early twentieth century poetry, "The Farmer 's Bride" is a good example. Combining this with the further themes of fallen woman and woman as poet this poem reflects feminist dilemmas.
In western countries empowerment of women is linked with personal recognition segregated from the society irrespective of their kinship where as a woman in India is associated recognition with cooperation from members of family and society. As for the women novelists who focused on the problems regarding women are Kamala Markandaya, Nayantara Sahgal, Anita Desai, Bharati Mukherjee, Shashi Deshpande, Githa Hariharan, Arundathi Roy, Manju Kapur, Shobha De etc. Shashi Deshpande is a prolific writer reflecting the role played by the middle-class educated women in the hegemonic Hindu society in majority of her novels. Her characters seem natural ,and so come as typical stereotypes of the modern generation. Her novels bud natural and effortless throwing light on the common problems faced by women in the society.
This prospect is the underlying theme of Sashi Deshpande’s novel, That Long Silence, in which her lead protagonist, Jaya, undergoes profound changes against the backdrop of an India that is also evolving. There is a shift in values and women have started acknowledging themselves the co-equals of man. Though the high hopes of Feminism have been washed away in the present social milieu, the relationship between man and woman becomes one of structured interdependence. Still the woman has to work for her liberation without resigning herself to her
In most of the cases, marriage culminates in a travesty of faith man and woman seek in each other, leading to suffering and the conflict between traditional limitations and modern aspirations. In the present novel, Deshpande critically analyses the institution of marriage in the modern context. The author has portrayed the explicit gender discrimination in a man-woman relationship that is socially constructed and further worsened by our own people like parents, in-laws, relatives and neighbors. The author has dealt with the female psychic frustrations in the novel and the silence rooted in the complicated web of relationships between a man and a woman. Set in a typical Indian background, That Long Silence brings forth an eerie tale of the protagonist Jaya an educated middle class girl, Jaya, who
In such inactivity and silence we can feel the strength of humanity. The poem begins on a note of meditation and introspection. The readers are asked to count to twelve as a start to an exercise of meditation and then sit still. This is a start to make the readers to talk to themselves in no rush of life and no noise of engines. The poet signifies this moment of silence to be exotic.
Her stories are mainly on familial relationships in which she has taken the relationship like husband wife, father daughter. She does not think an idea or a message before writing. The stories address perplexities in the lives of Indians or Indian immigrants, with themes such as marital discord, extra marital affairs and communication gap. Nigamananda Das writes quoting Jhumpa Lahiri
Most of the Indian born American writers like Jhumpa Lahiri raises their voice for the rights of migrated Indian women and highlight their sufferings faced in abroad. We may identify in Jhumpa Lahiri novels, the feministic perspective and also creates an image of oppressed woman due to displacement and alienation. Displacement not only leads to separation but it also leads to alienation and rebirth in a new country, new culture, new society and new adjustments in an alien land. The protagonists of her novels look back to their native country with pain and nostalgia but after all these sufferings they are not ready to look back. Jhumpa Lahiri’s subjects of focus are material prosperity and academic pursuits, dislocation and displacement, cultural conflicts, loneliness, language barrier, loss of identity, sense of belonging, gender issues, marital conflicts, and the generation gap between the first and the second-generation immigrants.
In such situations, the emotional idealism and practical realities are also very often at variants such as the novels of Anita Desai. The inner most psyche of her protagonist is revealed to us through their interactions with those who are emotionally related to them on the basis of kinship. Anita Desai is another luminary of this brilliant group of women novelists in the firmament of Indian fiction in English. She is gifted with a sensibility with her aesthetic goals. Though not admittedly feminist, Anita Desai is aware of a predicament of Indian women writers.