Nair, a managing editor of the widely circulated Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi , and Nalapat Balamani Amma , a renowned Malayali poet. She spent her childhood between Calcutta , where her father was employed as a senior officer in the Walford Transport Company that sold Bentley and Rolls Royce automobiles, and the Nalapat ancestral home in Punnayurkulam. Like her mother, Balamani Amma, Kamala Das also excelled in writing. Her love of poetry began at an early age through the influence of her great uncle, Nalapat Narayana Menon , a prominent writer.

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Meet extraordinary women who dared to bring gender equality and other issues to the forefront. From overcoming oppression, to breaking rules, to reimagining the world or waging a rebellion, these women of history have a story to tell. Das was born into a high-status family. Her mother, Nalapat Balamani Amma, was a well-known poet, and her father, V. Nair , was an automobile company executive and a journalist.

She grew up in what is now Kerala and in Calcutta now Kolkata , where her father worked. She began writing poetry when she was a child. When she was 15 years old, she married Madhava Das, a banking executive many years her senior, and they moved to Bombay now Mumbai. Das had three sons and did her writing at night. Perhaps her best-known work was an autobiography , which first appeared as a series of columns in the weekly Malayalanadu, then in Malayalam as Ente Katha , and finally in English as My Story A shockingly intimate work, it came to be regarded as a classic.

In later life Das said that parts of the book were fictional. In she controversially converted to Islam , renaming herself Kamala Surayya. She received many literary awards, including the Asian World Prize for Literature in Get exclusive access to content from our First Edition with your subscription. Learn More in these related Britannica articles:.


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Her ignorance of politics and British rulers within the Indian Society which is a rebellious act against colonizers and their prestige, use and support of a hybrid language instead of English language and Indian languages, writing in a Third Space, Eurocentric aptitude, call for the freedom of speech and act, rebellion against the set traditions; all these factors will be analyzed on the basis of Colonialism Theory. Double imprisonment of women by the colonizers and the patriarchal society has the glimpses in the poem under consideration. Escapism from these bonds and oppressed life is reflected in her poem. When the restrictions of the colonizers are over women is still facing other restrictions which are not less than those in the past. Every line of the poem is worth to explore in its Postcolonial study. In this poem she has been truly depicted as true Postcolonial poetess of India. Key words: colonizer, Das, language, Postcolonial.

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