Read Ente Katha book reviews & author details and more at Free delivery on by MADHAVIKUTTY / KAMALA DAS (Author). out of 5 stars pseudonym, Madhavikutty for her writings in Malayalam. The validity Kamala Das’ s Ente Katha is her autobiography in Malayalam. The author herself. Ente Katha (Malayalam) [Kamala Das (Author) by Madhavikutty (Author)] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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Except those scenes I remember nothing till I read it for the third time. Apart from that my heart was squeezed several times as I read the book when she nonchalantly writes about having a loveless marriage as a child bride. The book talks about the orthodox society and what society expects is an ideal woman. However, what is most fascinating about this book is the simple honesty with which Madhavikutty dramatises her self and places her life at the vortex of the controversial maelstrom unleashed by the publication of Ente Kadha.

I could never bring myself to hang my life on the pegs of quotation for safety. She points out the double standard her family practiced when dealing with brutalities and lecherous acts practiced towards the serfs and peasants that worked for the family, sometimes involving her own family members. The chapters towards the end start with a poem and some of them are lovely to read, she has bared it all in her poems and has channeled her deep yearning and seeking into lovely lines.

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View all 6 comments. K Das has a deft and confident writing style with powerfully effective use of lutty. During her era, I guess she was the only writer with grit and courage to explicitly write about her personal life and the shadow side of her family who are very well known in her state and throughout the sub-continent.

The author’s brilliance is her honesty, her madavk to write beautifully about being a snob and her distilled awareness of her self and her needs. The memoir was far ahead of its era and has been widely acknowledged as a great work from the side of the author.

It touches more than once on the dark side that inevitably exists in everyone’s life but most refuse to think so deeply about and more Her story. However, I dearly enjoyed the glimpses of Malayalam culture and practices.

One thing got me wondering Brought up in rural India, married at an early age, this woman found kqtha in her kids and ultimately, writing.

I love Kamala Das’s writing, that’s why I bought this book and had great expectations. But overall a good read for someone who would like to peep into a lonely woman’s mind who is looking for love. Sadly the book ends at the middle of her life. Political and polemical, raw and confessional, with a stark simplicity that is the mark of a truly great writer, she continues to rip the mask off the conventional Kerala society of her times.


Many of these memoirs chronicle the emotional turmoils of a woman on the run after daring to speak the unspeakable, on sexuality, desires and the female body. He would if he could Sing lullabies to his wife’s sleeping soul, Sweet lullabies to mmadavi its swoon.

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She writes with a binocular combination of feminine charm and feminist vigour. Gradually, Kamala becomes resigned to, and then later adjusts to, her marriage to a man who for the most part shows little interest in her. She also sheds light on the mentality and the not-so-glorified past of India for the young readers like me, who was stupefied to know especially, that India was never sacred when it came to love and the institute of marriage.

Her ruminations on the deep bonds she enre with Punnayoorkulam and the Nalappat tharavadu are at the same time tinged by the searing knowledge that what she actually inherited are the streets of Bombay and her numerous quests for her own self there. She moved away from social conventions and portrayed homosexuality as well. Rajasekharan Sanjayan Sukumar Azhikode V. On sedatives I am more lovable Says my husband My speech becomes a mist-laden terrain, The words emerge tinctured with sleep, They rise from still coves of dreams In unhurried flight like herons, And my ragdoll-limbs adjust better To this versatile lust.

Want to Mutty Currently Reading Read. She describes that her husband invites his boy friend to her home. Views Read Edit View history.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Still, one cannot but admire her individuality and courage. I hereby failed to form a chain. She has no qualms in revealing the dark undercurrents in society covered by the decorous fabric of traditions and morality. At last, I hope you will be able to see my homeless, orphan, intensely beautiful soul, deep within the bone, deep down under, beneath even the marrow, in a fourth dimension” It’s honesty is what stands out.

Much of her writing in Malayalam came under the pen name Madhavikku Kamala Suraiya, better known as Kamala Das, is a well-known female Indian writer writing in English as well as Malayalam, her native language.


In the time of I had heard of this book for a long time. And by her own admission she has included a fair number of fictional elements in her autobiography. She came out in the open without diluting her thoughts even once. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Ente Lokamthough a slim volume of random writings, comes densely packaged with the cries of an agonised yet unrepentant soul who paid the price for her unconventionality.

What is most fascinating about this book is the simple honesty with which Madhavikutty dramatises her self and places her life at the vortex of the controversial maelstrom unleashed by the publication of Ente Kadha.

The discrimination and feudalistic nature of the caste system and the masquerade of fake integrity to match the eye alone. Despite what I had heard and what she writes about her many loves, it’s evident that her affairs were more affairs of her heart and intellect rather than meaningless but passionate encounters.

Lists with This Book. This article is closed for comments. This thought broke my heart. Be the first one to write a review.

During her era, I guess she was the only writ When you learn to swim Do not enter a river that has no ocean To flow into, one ignorant of destinations and knowing only the flowing as its destiny, Like the weary rivers of the blood That bear the scum of ancient memories But go, swim in the sea, Go swim in the great blue sea, Where the first tide you meet is your body, That familiar pest, But if you learn to cross it, You are safe, yes, beyond it you are safe, For even sinking would make no difference then Though she is much older, the lives of the girls haven’t changed much in conservative patriarchal families even now.

But when I was young and in love with a grey-eyed man it was a marshy waste. The work presents the journey of the author to womanhood ,her intense personal experiences. It was during the Onam of that Ente Kadhathe autobiography of Madhavikutty alias Kamala Das began to be serialised in a magazine in Malayalam. So we are left in the dark about her reasons for her conversion to Islam and the events in the second half of her life.

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