I belong to a society where women were once upon a time regarded in very high esteem.Woman – the one who completes the ‘man’ and the one who possesses the cradle of human creation through her ‘womb’. This is the very essence of human duality – the existence of both woman and man in a delicate balance – that together unites the human existence into ‘advaita’ (in sanskrit, ‘oneness’).
However, in very recent times we as a society are struggling to come to terms with how men in general deal with women, and the underlying assumptions of ‘gentler or weaker sex’. Thousands of stories today illustrate this struggle, and out of this chaos is borne the courage and grit of today’s women.
This novel is a strong representation of how women are brought up within this state of things, and how they form strong characters that can complement each other at the toughest of times in their lives. Though the setting is contemporary Indian urban, the appeal is universal in character. The novel, with its gripping plot and dramatic twists and turns, every time reminds us of how such courage is built.
If you are a woman, I hope that it serves as an inspiration and support; and if you are a man, I hope that it serves to give us a more balanced view on how you can share this world with (and complement) our mothers, wives and daughters – on how you can be an example to whom we can look up to.