Asst. Prof, English, BIMIT, Bhubaneswar,
Research scholar; Utkal University, Odisha.
Dr. Kapileswar Parija
Prof. English, JKBK, Govt. College
A well-known Indian proverb deteriorates the status of women, “Raising girls is like watering someone else’s lawn.” Marriage provides a woman with an acceptable social identity yet in the way as decided by the parents, In the choice of mates, caste, and custom, efficiency and suitability are emphasized over love and affection that paves the way for them to grow amid dilapidated-psychological condition, where women suffer because of messed up or muddled up relationships . The anatomy of patriarchy never changes its look or structure and is bent upon choosing the fate of their children, the choice of a boy over a girl is celebrated and the woman always remain a voice less entity or almost anonymous stuff even within family apart from The traditional responsibility of the woman for child care, looking after other members of the family. Family is treated as the traditional structure where the concept and perception of gender inequality are enforced. women are never emancipated from conventional anomalies and filial discriminations ,Freedom is forbidden , free speech receives no fair play, wings of choice are clipped early, dreams are allowed to die young and The woman’s fate is muddled up with the family whose fate, in turn, is related to society, where life becomes a metaphor of grueling sustenance and marriage a metonym of suffering, as is evident in the study of characters of Desai in Fasting, Feasting, perhaps the entrapment of one kind or another is envisioned as the facets of salvation that is achieved when one accepts it as an inescapable fact of life.
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Life: A Metaphor of Grueling Sustenance & Marriage, a Metonym of Suffering; a Thematic Study of Desai in ‘Fasting, Feasting’