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Sunday, Dec 05, 2021
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Review

Ladies Coop

A fascinating narrative -- "auto-ethnography", a hybrid genre where the author's fictionalised biography intimately mirrors the story of her community.

Ladies Coop
Ladies Coop
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Mohan’s fascinating narrative begins with indentured labour from Bihar in the 1860s in the cargo holds of ships looping all the way from Calcutta via the African Cape to the West Indies. There was, we learn early in the novel, a place at the back of these ships where women were sequestered.

It is the life-voyages of these women, recounted by the 110-year-old Deeda and diligently tape-recorded by the young linguist studying Trinidad Bhojpuri, that shape this book, intertwining sinuously with her own first-person account.

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