Unfulfilled Desires And Egoistic Control
Devika Khanna Narula
DAUGHTERS OF JORASANKO by Aruna Chakravarti HarperCollins Publishers India, 2017, 327 pp., 399
December 2017, volume 41, No 12

Daughters of Jorasanko, the recent novel  from Aruna Chakravarti, reasserts her position as a perceptive and sensitive writer. Though written as a sequel, it does not lean on Jorasanko, but asserts its independence in its totally different tone, mood and pace. The female characters in Daughters of Jorasanko vividly reflect a change from the previous generation of women in Jorasanko, and it is more evident in the third generation of Ranu and Nandita, so much so that a comparative study of the women in the two novels might be an interesting project to undertake. The daughters, Beli, Rani and Meera, represent a patriarchal social conditioning that oppresses them whereas the next generation of Ranu and Nandita have a certain exuberance and liberation in their body language, challenging the rigid norms of patriarchy, and even bringing a change in Tagore’s hitherto conventional thinking.

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