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Postcolonial Feminist stressed on the term Double Colonization. For those who aren’t familiar with the term here’s the literal meaning “Postcolonial and feminist theorists state that women are oppressed by both, patriarchy and the colonial power and that this is an ongoing process in many countries even after they achieved independence.”

Postcolonial life and Post-Modern life are poles apart yet the fight is same. How? The postcolonial suppression of woman and their entity was very vivid. The Post-Modern struggle in the most recent times include the Period Leave. In 2017, a company named Culture Machine located in Mumbai introduced Period Leave. As it is believed that a menstruating woman lacks the potential to deal with the mental and physical pressure due to the drop in estrogen and progesterone levels, which occurs after ovulation, and is a trigger that affects their decision-making. These hormones reduce production of serotonin, a chemical neurotransmitter which makes them emotional.

Womanhood and Marginality

The result of introducing the Period leave, however, was not appreciated. As only 8% women in the corporate found this practical and the remaining thought it to be male-ego driven act. As the theorists say the male-ego effects the man’s thinking thus the decisions are mostly biased. Some thinks it’s very thoughtful and positive decision by the decision makers of their company. For some other woman this step screams and reeks of sexist thought process.

The question that now arises is how many of us actually realize where the problem lies? Many of us will argue that men always have and always will dominate women and to continue their dominance they can go to any extent. This too is one such instance. In general sense, I would have agreed but here the crucial and underlying truth is both men and women have always failed in understanding women. Surprised to see both men and women? Well, men never understand women—that’s a proven fact; but women too consciously and/or unconsciously hurt another woman and also make their life difficult by tormenting them.

Women and Literature

Literature has always been a great platform to pour down all the suppression, domination, pain and atrocities. Authors like Anita Desai, Salman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh, Jhumpa Lahiri, R. K. Narayan are some of the prominent writers who used their pen to break free from the shackles of the societal atrocities.

Branali Shikdar in her book Womanhood and Marginality talked about one such author, R. K. Narayan. The critical analysis of R. K. Narayan’s writing like Malgudi Days has been done by her to get into the root of the system. Womanhood and Marginality talks about those little yet undeniable facts of Narayan’s writings, which will change the perspective of many readers.

Let’s read between the lines.

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