I usually don’t write detailed posts on my current reads but this one has been in the eye of a storm recently so I thought I’ll share its background in detail.
Back in 2014, The Hindu had carried an article on books that discuss gender. As always I had added the books to my Goodreads TBR and then promptly gotten distracted by other books 😛
Little did I know that one of those books would snowball into a major controversy …. *cue dramatic music*
Here is the blurb to help understand things further
Kali and Ponna’s efforts to conceive a child have been in vain. Hounded by the taunts and insinuations of others, all their hopes come to converge on the chariot festival in the temple of Ardhanareeswara, the half-female god. 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 couple s suffering and humiliation. But it will also put their marriage to the ultimate test.
Towards the end of 2014, there were protests demanding that the book be banned, the reason being that it portrayed the above mentioned temple and the community in a poor light. Copies of the book were burnt and the author was threatened.
In response to all this, Murugan announced that he had taken the decision to quit writing and requested his publishers to withdraw all his novels.
My curiosity has therefore been heightened and I’m already halfway through the novel now 🙂
Here is a summary of the events as they unfolded – “I am not Perumal Murugan ..”
Here is the Goodreads link (in case you want to TBR it) – One Part Woman
And here is an excerpt from the book – One Part Woman (excerpt)
What do you think ?