Mamta Maharia Poem Analysis

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Mamta Kalia registers the life style of her comrades who lives in Indian society with cramped anguish and grief. Though the married women in India accept what is ordained to them in a subtle and humble way, the unexpressed agony always awaits a vent. Mamta Kalia is no exception but she moves a step ahead by transforming all her experiences as poems with the anticipation that the strict codes laid on married women may be changed. This paper entitled “Mamta Kalia’s Poems: An Endeavour to Accomplish Transformation” aims to discuss the distress caused due to dislocation and the plight of married women in Indian society with reference to select poems of Mamta Kalia. It also discusses the expected ethical reforms that may be generated through her poems in the minds of her readers along with her proficiency of language.
Mamta Kalia (1940- ) is one of the most resourceful Indo-Anglican poets. She started writing at the age of nine and has more than 25 books to her credit including four novels and ten collections of short stories. She
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I wish you had guts, Papa,
To smuggle eighty thousand watches at a stroke And I’d profoundly say, “My father‘s in import and export business you know.”
I’d be proud of you then. (9)
She is ready to have extra – marital affairs and asks her father not to worry about her pregnancy and instead she likes to kick her father and his father’s role model Jansi Rani.
She is not for compromises and adjustments. But the tradition bound orthodox Indian society forces her to adapt certain codes which she hates. So the outer world is regarded as hostile. She cries against the tedium of every day house hold chores which are imposed on her by all her family members. She feels squashed between her place of work and house hold. The hostility receives a full treatment in her poem entitled “I Feel like Crying All the Time” from Poems’79. I hate these people
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