Most women have found the relationship with their fathers to be the key one in helping them to step outside tradition, which remained identified by their mothers. In this unusual book, twelve women, all middle class, some born just after independence, the oldest in her eighties, talk frankly and sensitively about what their fathers meant to them. Some have famous fathers like K K Hebbar, the artistl Shuksampatrai Bhandari, the pioneer who compiled the first modern Hindi dictionary; a composer for the Gujarati stage and cinema; and Bimal Roy an early art film-maker. Some have fathers who are successful in the careers, others who were not particularly so. The women found that though the relationship with their fathers shaped their lives and careers, stress, conflict and resentment were also entwined with support and encouragement.
Written with perception, detachment, appreciation and also searing bitterness, this book reveals many surprising aspects of this crucial relationship as well as insights on the mothers and women themselves.
Bhatkal and Sen
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About the Editors
Priti Desai,at the time of publication, had recently retired from her job with a company in Bombay. Neela D’Souza has taught history, written children’s books and is a journalist. Sonal Shukla is the coordinator of Vacha, a women’s resource centre in Bombay.
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