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Harassment to Release of Meera: In Anita Nair’s Lessons In Forgetting

V.A. Rankhambe, Poonam Shelake


Anita Nair’sLessons in forgetting(2010) explores marital relationships inthe high-middle-class family along with the problem of parenthood in the context of family life in the corporate world. Educated women in India try to assert their individuality, though they are constrained in their family life by the traditional patriarchal culture. They are also constrained in their quest for freedom when there are children to look after, since they think that children are their responsibility. Meera, in this novel, is a well-educated housewife, married to a corporate husband and has two children, a daughter and a son. Meera is the writer of cook book and guides for corporate wives. She is also a typical Indian middle class wife, who is happy to be dependent on her husband. Giri married Meera under the impression that the family owned the beautiful Lilac House, which, in fact, was only on a lease with them.


Patriarchy, Quest, Housewife, Dependent

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