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    Renuka Narayanan onAi?? her new book andAi?? drawing from memory. Cheap reminyl 16

    Commentator and columnist Renuka Narayananai??i??s latest book, A Madrasi Memoir, is allAi??about tracing history through a personal lens.Ai??Commissioned by Seminar Magazineai??i??s Malvika Singh, and launchingAi??tomorrowAi??at Amethyst, it is a first in a series of ai???memory booksai??i??. Narayanan tells me that it is meant to be social history told through personal family history. Encompassing four generations, ai???it goes back a hundred years, beginning with my great grandfather, and stops roughly at the Emergency (1975),ai??? says the Delhi-basedAi??author, adding that it is fact written in a fiction format to make it a better read. Published by the Academic Foundation, the book took about a year to finish and delves into the lives of the westernised Tamil Brahmins in twentieth century India who went against the grain and broke taboos.
    Calling it the most ai???enormous century of changeai??? for Indians, Narayanan talks about the Tamil Brahmins of the time who ai???broke all the rulesai???ai??i??from eating meat and marrying outside the casteai??i??but adds that ai???each change had its own complications, like the men changed and they let the women out of the box, but only thus far and no further.ai??? She adds that her narrative works at four levels: there is regional history (as Narayanan comes from North Arcot), community history, family history and personal history. ai???As a modern woman, obviously I wonai??i??t romanticise this patriarchal heritage. So while I look at who did what and why, itai??i??s also a lot about women in a fossilised patriarchy and the consequences of that for them,ai??? summarises Narayanan, who has just finished a book for Juggernaut on Hindu fables.
    At Amethyst, fromAi??7 pm. Rs 595. Available on amazon.in. Details: prakritifoundation@gmail.com

    ai??i??Simar Bhasin


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