Daughters : A Story of Five Generations
It mirrors and critiques the progress of a nation, its society and its women, seamlessly blending biography with social history. Sundar-ma, Bharati Ray's great-grandmother, was married into a conservative household at twelve. Self-educated, because formal education was out of her reach, she was an intelligent, deeply thoughtful woman who witnessed some of the most tumultuous times in India's history and actively participated in India's freedom struggle. Ushabala, the author's grandmother, was the proud wife of a college lecturer and a consummate home-maker, while Kalyani, Bharati Ray's Ma, was the first woman in the family to get a college degree, but gave up her studies and a career to raise her children. Ma is lovingly described as feisty and irrepressible, a keen traveller and always ready for adventure. Kalyani's academic successes heralded the author's own remarkable achievements, first as lecturer in Calcutta University, then as its first woman pro-vice-chancellor and later as a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha. Bharati Ray's daughters, Khuku and Tista, both extremely bright, lead busy, fulfilling lives as academics.
- Paperback | 334 pages
- 132.08 x 195.58 x 27.94mm | 317.51g
- 10 Mar 2011
- Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd
- Penguin Books India
- New Delhi, India