The Memoirs of Dr. Haimabati Sen - From Child Widow to Lady Doctor

The Memoirs of Dr. Haimabati Sen - From Child Widow to Lady Doctor

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Author: Tapan Raychaudhuri
Publisher: Roli Books
Year: 2000
Language: English
Pages: 407
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8174360905


This extraordinary account, the longest and most detailed memoir yet discovered by an Indian woman born in the nineteenth century was originally written in Bengali.

This intimate autobiography, rich in details of a society in transition, was written by one of India's earliest 'native' women doctors. Though a child widow, driven from pillar to post, Haimabati nourished an ambition for higher education, eventually trained as a medical practitioner, and became the 'Lady Doctor' in charge of Hughli Dufferin Hospital for Women. Haimati's memoir illustrates the predicament of a woman determined to earn an honorable living in a man's world.


The Memoirs of Haimabati Sen is destined, I believe, to become a classic. I found her story gripping, her frankness engaging, her lucidity astonishing, her generosity heart-warming, and her ultimate fate truly tragic. Though it has all the excitement of a novel, it has an added, marvelous authentic. Anybody interested in the relationships of men and women, in the tensions of family life, or in the perverse effects of well-intentioned institutions, will find it not just instructive but deeply moving. Professor Theodore Zeldin, St. Antony's College, Oxford.


Translator's Note

Introduction to the Memoirs

Om Tat Sat

Family and Ancestors


Married Life

Life as a Window



Wanderings in East Bengal

Wanderings in East Bengal-II

Return to Calcutta and Remarriage


Medical School



Old Age


Appendix A

Appendix B