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One Part Woman  (English, Paperback, Murugan Perumal)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin Random House India
    • Genre: Fiction
    • ISBN: 9780143423546, 0143423541
    • Pages: 256
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    One Part Woman is the English translation of Madhorubagan, a Tamil novel by Perumal Murugan. Much debated in the recent past for its content, the novel is based on ancient cultural practice among Tamil Hindus. It depicts the story of a childless couple that has a strong urge to have one, with judicious sensitivity, gentleness, and anguish by turns.

    Summary of the Book

    Kali and Ponna have a strong desire to have a baby, but all their attempts at it are failing. They are disturbed by the constant insult they face from others. Their remaining hope starts converging on the chariot festival that happens at the temple of the half-female deity, Ardhanareeswara. According to the festival, rules imposed on sexual intercourses on any other day are relaxed for the night, and the consensual union between any man and woman is given consent by treating it as a human act. Will the night put an end to the couple’s longtime suffering and mortification or have an adverse impact on their marriage?

    About Perumal Murugan

    Perumal Murugan is a famous contemporary Tamil scholar, poet, author, and literary chronicler. He works as a Tamil Professor at the Government Arts College in Namakkal. Two of his novels have been translated into English and have been widely commended. One of them - Seasons of the Palm - was shortlisted for the famous Kiriyama Prize and the second novel is called Current Show. He has been honoured with several awards and accolades from the Tamil Nadu government and Katha Books.

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    • 198 mm
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    • 129 mm
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    One part Woman

    Excellent book and one of the best I have read recently. The last chapters wherein the author narrates the predicament of the couple is terrific and I am unable to shake off the emotional turmoil it created in me, even now. Sad to hear that he was forced to stop writing .Hope he will come out of the problems created by this book and write its sequel. Highly recommended.
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    George K George

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    21 Jan, 2015

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    Really Nice

    Bought with an intention of finding out what is there for people so much to bother about, and got disappointed on that particular front as i could find none.

    Beautifully written in backdrop of rural scenario of Tamil Nadu and brilliantly woven in fairy love tale of Kali & Ponna, the novel is about couple's tireless efforts of conceiving child and mental & emotional stress dealing with stigma attached with childless couple in society.

    Started with their endless efforts to praise various deit...
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    Sumedh

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    25 Sep, 2016

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    5

    Must buy!

    This book is beautifully woven, very delicately strewn together words and emotions.

    The problem with y particular copy is, about 40 pages are missing from my copy! Since I just found that out today (about 2 months since receiving it) I cannot ask for another copy. Will request the seller to check at their end. Will caution buyers to thoroughly check their copies as soon as they receive it.
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    Flipkart Customer

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    15 Apr, 2018

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    Worth the money

    Nice
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    Seema Rastogi

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    30 Mar, 2018

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    Wonderful

    Excellent
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    Bhagirathi Pati

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    16 Mar, 2018

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    Just okay

    Xcellent translation.typical village life was brought a live with all its flavour.the bond of childless couples and the length the womenfolk go for the sake of their husband s prestige has been narrated with all its grandeur
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    Flipkart Customer

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    5

    Masterpiece

    Excellent book and one of the best I have read recently. Highly recommended.
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    Kaustav Ghosh

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    20 Sep, 2017

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    Terrific

    Thanks flp crt
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    Dipanwita Bhakta

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    19 Jun, 2017

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    Go for it, if u wanna..

    A good, tantalising read. Nothing as controversial, compared to the ruckus created by the bastardised hindutva forces! But at least it increased the sales of the book.
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    San

    16 Mar, 2016

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    Brilliant

    One of the best novels ever, the characters of Khali and Poona are so miserable and pitiful yet it makes you fall in love with them for their adorable love.

    Also very good translation by Anirudh. Highly recommended.
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    Hari sudhan

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    2 Jun, 2017

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