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Urmila Pawar’s fiction explores the axes of caste, class & gender and brings forth vivid everyday lived realities of Dalit women. The present chapter discusses about Urmila Pawar as a Dalit writer with Urmila Pawar is a literary personality, known for her short story writings in Marathi. Activist and award-winning writer Urmila Pawar recounts three generations of Dalit life was like in the time of her grandmother, mother, and in her childhood.

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She may not have been able to write with such honesty had her husband been alive, she says. She gives some information about Hinduism and Buddhism and the political movements that helped change life for the Dalits, but generally only as it directly impacted her life.

The Reading Life: “Mother” – A Short Story by Urmila Pawar (translated from Marathi)

Eventually, it acquires the neutral tone of a city, once the scene shifts to Mumbai where she moved in with her husband. Want to Read saving…. For example, Sharmila Rege has been considered to be one of the important figures in Dalit feminism. But then Babri Masjid fell and all our efforts were undone as cultural and religious identity once again came to the forefront.

The Weave of My Life: A Dalit Woman’s Memoirs

Her fiction explores the axes of power of caste, class and gender and in doing so brings forth vivid everyday lived realities of women in the Dalit community. She writes about her experiences with caste discrimination in a matter-of-fact manner devoid of self-pity. The mother her name never mentioned fights her in-laws and chooses to stay where is so that she can continue to send her children to school even though the village relatives are insistent on taking the family back to village house.

He feels ashamed of the way she dresses when she goes to the market to sell mangoes and at how she lets the customers misbehave with her without answering back like his teacher does to the male teachers in school.


These are not mere fictions — each story has a trace in the living experiences Pawar has lived, struggled, and questioned. It also questions the social structure which makes a vertical hierarchy out of our personal relations and always situates the husband at the apex.

Ananya rated it really liked it May 22, Urmila Pawar is a Dalit feminist writer. I have always thought that fiction plays an important role in taking that which we take as familiar and making their underlying social structures apparent.

I found myself sometimes completely urmilx from the experiences of women in the stories, which allowed me to recognise my privilege. The complexity of lives lived with the burdens of caste, class and gender: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Jeyathud rated it it was ok Feb 13, What is the form of their protest?

Her characters escape the pages of her book and the realm of fiction — they become living, breathing human beings who we come across every day. The act of writing here is the very will to speak of those or for those who cannot and to let them be heard. No trivia or quizzes yet. The Weave of My Life: The use of bamboo is integral to the play.

The idea was to retain her writing style which is candid and witty.

Notes From the Margins: Dalit writer Urmila Pawar’s autobiography inspires a Marathi play

Urmila Panwar wrote a number of highly regarded short stories about Dalit women, most of which included in the collection of her stories, Mother Wit. Books by Urmila Pawar. A terrible quarrel breaks out when the faith healer tells her children she is a demon from a past life trying to ruin their future.

Some want to even the score, set the record straight, or childhoodd their story so others might learn from their experiences. This book is one of those that I’ll be going back to every now and then! Lists with This Book.


Chloe Lundine rated it really liked it Oct 29, Caste discrimination is illegal in India now, pxwar as racial discrimination in American, old prejudices to. Anna Muley rated it really liked it May 29, She loses her son, her mother, and her husband in a relatively short period of time and finds herself being blamed by some in her community for urmipa misfortunes because she was not a more traditional wife and mother. Dalit writing is a way of fighting the structural injustice: In this frank and intimate memoir, Pawar not only shares her tireless effort to surmount hideous personal tragedy but also conveys the excitement of an awakening consciousness during a time of profound political and social change.

Her raspy voice bursts out, almost drowning those of the others in the room, as she intones the choicest of abuses in Marathi. Pawar’s protagonists may not always be Pawxr, and the mood not always one of chilxhood, but caste is never far from the context and informs the subtext of each story. Her husband was a school master, he left her some land and a house.

The Weave of My Life: A Dalit Woman’s Memoirs by Urmila Pawar

Urmila Pawar makes impossibly rebellious acts imaginable through her short stories. Review by Gita Tewari Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Thus, Dalit autobiographies and fiction occupy an important political position; as works of protest. Sruti rated it really liked it Aug 20, KhepiAri rated it it was amazing Dec 06, Astha Singh rated it it was amazing Mar 30,