That Man Woman Partnership
Mala Pandurang
A GRIEF TO BURY: MEMORIES OF LOVE, WORK AND LOSS by Vasanth Kannabiran Orient BlackSwan, 2013, 370 pp., Price not stated
August 2013, volume 37, No 8

A Grief to Bury: Memories of Love, Work and Loss is a series of conversations with twelve Indian women who reflect upon the internal dynamics of their long enduring relationship with their spouses. They also share their individual coping strategies at the traumatic loss of their loved one, either suddenly or after a prolonged illness. Vasanth Kannabiran’s subjects have an established identity in the public sphere—be it social activism, academics, the fine arts or literature. As Kannabiran suggests, these women who were born before Independence and come from a common class background, share ‘a commonality of values’ derived from the nationalist period. Their life-narratives indicate a socialist orientation, as well as strong feminist ethics.

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