The Weave of My Life


Author: Urmila Pawar
Translated by Maya Pandit Afterword by Sharmila Rege

9788185604909 | PB | pp. 382 | 2008 | Bhatkal and Sen

Aaydan translated for the first time into English as The Weave of My life is a Dalit autobiographical account of high documentary value.

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Translated for the first time into English as The Weave of My Life, Urmila’s memoirs describe the long journey from the Konkan to Mumbai, bringing to a fruition the struggle of three generations for a dalit modernity, about which readers have hitherto heard so little.

Urmilla writes frankly about the ‘private’ and ‘public’ aspects of her life: of falling in love with Harishchandra as a young teenager, and marrying him in the teeth of family opposition, of the young couple and their children moving to Mumbai, of her many sustained friendships and her work. Her talking openly about familial and marital conflicts, of the grievous shocks that life dealt her, outraged even some of her admirers. A long-term member of the dalit and women’s movements, the author offers a cogent critique of feminist and dalit politics.

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Urmila Pawar
Translator: Maya Pandit
Afterword: Sharmila Rege




Bhatkal and Sen





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About the Contributors

Born in 1945,the author took her school-leaving certificate in 1963, moving to Bombay after her marriage. She later obtained an MA from the University of Bombay. She has worked with the Labour movement of the Maharashtra government for many years. Considered a distinguished short story writer in Marathi, she has also co-authored a book with Meenakshi Moon on the role played by untouchable women in the nationalist movement: Amhihi Itihas Ghadavila and also written one act plays.

Maya Pandit is Professor, ELT, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. She is an experienced translator of women’s writings from Marathi to English and an activist in women’s movement and alternative theatre.

The late Sharmila Rege was Professor of Sociology, University of Pune.


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