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Sunday, February 19, 2006

Breaking Ties by Sara Aboobacker : Pointers

Here are some of the the pointers on Sara Aboobacker's first novel Breaking Ties. This is first novel b y a Muslim woman writer in Kannada. The novel is translated by Vanamala Vishwanatha.


-context of production and reception of the novel at two levels
-Title: politics
- native vocabulary idiom of Kannada retained
- Critiqe of patriarchy in Muslim society and by extention in all societies, esp semetic
- Imp. imagery: weaving coconut fronds
- Within the novel genre it belongs to the realist mode of narration and melodramatic/ has a tone/ narrtive style that was typical in the 70's and 80's in the so called 'women's popular fiction'
- She was commissioned to write this novel by Lankesh at the age of 42 and it's her first work!
- Important names : Fatimma, Nadira, Jameela, Mohammed khan, Rashid, New House Selim, Sheik Ali, Jabbar of the banana plantation
Modernity is shown as the ennobling factor especially through modern eduction ie learing to read and write
- Attack on the establishement without trying to hurt the religious hierarchy. A pattern that can be seen even in Kasaravalli's "Hasina"
- Diffirent purposes of marriage. 1. companionship 2. To satify sexual needs 3. Societal expectations 3. To look after the household 4. For family security esp finacial 5 security in oldage
- Religion - ritualistic
- Economic situation directly responsible for much of what happens in the novel. REad Poverty

6 comments:

malyaban lahiri said...

well it was a GREAT experience to have an online CLASS on literature and the level of discussion carried out was excellent and transcended different levels.
i guess the amount of exchanges of opinion was even more than at class.... probably because the chtters are in a friendly and conducive environment at their homes or cafes and can express more freely.
it can be well in its way of a landmark in the history of innovative education.
cheers!!!

malyaban lahiri said...

well it was a GREAT experience to have an online CLASS on literature and the level of discussion carried out was excellent and transcended different levels.
i guess the amount of exchanges of opinion was even more than at class.... probably because the chtters are in a friendly and conducive environment at their homes or cafes and can express more freely.
it can be well in its way of becoming a landmark in the history of innovative education.
cheers!!!

Anonymous said...

Looks like everyone had fun. and it seems to have worked much better than class!

Sir, thanks for posting the chat session online. and for the post too.

Shashank(1704)

Anisha said...

Hi Sir,

Thanks for posting the notes! Looking forward to reading the book soon.

Anisha (1726)
3rd JPEng

Madesh Juwvngli said...

thanks sir too.

Anil Pinto said...

You are welcome, Madesh.