Milestones and Markers
Rohini Agrawal
PINJRE KI MAINA by Chandrakiran Sonrexa The Book Review, 2011, 416 pp., 495
February 2011, volume 35, No 2

Chandrakiran Sonrexas autobiography, Pinjre Ki Maina, time and again flashes Jainendras Mrinal on to the mind screen. A rebellious nature notwithstanding, the life paths chosen because of humiliation, rejection or mistrust finally lead back to the same destinations, after all. And then, Mrinal, rebelling against an inhuman marriage and choosing the humiliating life of a mistress, had hardly given a blazing direction to the idea of rebellion! It is difficult to feel sympathetic towards Mrinal. Selfdestruction and selftorture can never be the weapons of a rebel. And neither can a mute, invisible presence take dynamism to a substantial goal. Rebellion, in its initial stage, may be individualistic but it is only when it breaks the barriers of the individual and places society and system in the dock that it acquires any value. And now the Chandrakiran of Pinjre ki Maine echoes the same martyred joy as a Mrinal. Will a woman ever be able to liberate herself from the maleforged image of a woman and see herself as a whole and living creature

The second part of the autobiography appears like an analysis of a womans karma or destiny in the garb of selfexpression but it is in this section that Chandrakiran refuses to become a reflection of Mrinal. In resigning herself to the fact that in our country a woman is taught to deny herself at every step, the darkness of the helplessness at the destruction of ones self that this implies is shot with the resolution to seek out life and self.

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