Author: Laksmi Kannan
Publisher: Orient Longman/Disha
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8125016112
This novel has been translated from the original Tamil Athukku Pogannum by the author. I'm going home, the child Gaytri often tells her friends, and this line becomes the leitmotif of the story around which her life revolves.
The adult Gayatri, now living in a cramped apartment in Delhi realizes that this is not the home that she had dreamt of, and childhood memories of her grandfather's sprawling house in Mysore comes to haunt her, eventually kindling suicidal impulses.
Home too remains an illusive dream for Gayatri's talented friend Rama, a writer and sociologist. Having escaped the cold indifference of her parent's house, she finds herself locked in a loveless marriage with a husband who is envious of her fame.
Written in two parts, stretching over twenty years, the novel vividly encapsulates the futility and angst of modern, urban reality.
. . Is one of the excellent novels of the eighties. Has expansive dimensions and a depth and attractiveness in the use of language.
.. Is a novel of fine quality which shows new dimensions in dealing with the freedom and rights of women.
The inner self of women, her inexplicably tormented mind, her sense of alienation from changing human relationships and from life are shown with great subtlety and intensity by the author.