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Saturday, Nov 27, 2021
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Review

Of Inner Courtyards

Old-fashioned yet nuanced, this tale of female suffering compels listening now

Of Inner Courtyards
Of Inner Courtyards
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While trying to come to grips with the protagonist Padma's story each narrator also reveals a complex world of her own, permeated with desires, adjustments and a quiet despair. After peeling off all the layers when we reach the kernel we find it is familiar enough to be the stuff of a popular film: young love blighted by parental disapproval. In fact the novelist constantly plays with as well as mocks at the filmi cliches: the hero and the heroine separated by cruel society, the trauma and trial of unwed motherhood, the coincidences and mistaken identities on which hinge the twists in the plot. In one climactic moment Padma realises how she sounds like the heroine of a movie and nearly bursts into hysterical laughter.

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