A Life Apart: An Autobiography

A Life Apart An Autobiography One of Hindi s best known writers Prabha Khaitan spent much of her life as the second woman in a long term relationship with a married man Born in a conservative Marwari family she defied tradition

  • Title: A Life Apart: An Autobiography
  • Author: Prabha Khaitan Ira Pande
  • ISBN: 9789381017739
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of Hindi s best known writers, Prabha Khaitan spent much of her life as the second woman in a long term relationship with a married man Born in a conservative Marwari family, she defied tradition and family expectations, insisting on living life as a single woman, setting up her own business and earning the respect of her peers and colleagues in the corporate world DOne of Hindi s best known writers, Prabha Khaitan spent much of her life as the second woman in a long term relationship with a married man Born in a conservative Marwari family, she defied tradition and family expectations, insisting on living life as a single woman, setting up her own business and earning the respect of her peers and colleagues in the corporate world Despite her yearning to be loved and cherished by the man to whom she gave her life, Prabha Khaitan lived life on her own terms.With a frankness that is rare in the world of Hindi autobiographical writing by women, Prabha Khaitan here speaks of her feelings, her sense of discomfort and unease at not being the legitimate woman, about what she gained and lost from a relationship that was generally frowned upon by society and how she fought to become her own woman In doing so, she reflects on marriage, relationships, intimacy and distance, the professional and the personal, and the ways in which women are caught within these often conflicting forces.

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    1. Dr. Prabha Khaitan was a Hindi novelist. She was a much acclaimed Hindi writer and won many prestigious awards in Hindi literature. Yet, she was seen as a rebel and lived a life on her own terms and never earning the approval from the traditional Indian / Marwari society. This is a translation of her autobiography in English from Hindi. Dr. Prabha Khaitan was an extremely accomplished woman with many achievements - she was a successful entrepreneur and a creative writer. However, her autobiograp [...]

    2. Actual rating 2.5This book started of beautifully. The language was simple, lucid and the author's voice really stood out. Not for a second did it feel like the translated text lost it's voice. That is an admirable feat for a book.But then, somewhere along the way, some 75 pages in, it seemed to focus almost entirely on the relationship between the protagonist and her love. While the relationship certainly was a major factor in Prabha Khaitan's life and played a pivotal role in charting the cour [...]

    3. left me wondering if living as a second woman is worth it on page4 she writes"I sat down on a step and wept at my humiliation at the hands of Dr Saraf. He had never really understood my dedication to my business, and it was true that we hadn't come here on a business trip or holiday. What did I mean to him, I wondered? Lover, mistress or half a wife? I had spent twenty years of my life with this man but still had no adequate word to describe our relationship"She is intelligent, successful and in [...]

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