Reflection of Indian Culture in Shashi Deshpande’s A Matter of Time


  • Prajesh Jena



Patriarchy, Myth, Culture, Indian Family, Human Relationship


Shashi Deshpande is a well-known name in the field of Indian literature and is a contemporary writer from Karnataka. She portrays in her novel "A Matter of Time" the truth of Indian society in Indian families. The importance of culture for Indian women is also discussed. Her novels are distinguished for their genuine depictions of the Indians and their history. She used Indian names and the role of Indian Middle Class Women in her novel A Matter of Time through the character Sumi. She talks about Indian Women, Indian Culture, Indian Religion, Indian Family, Religions and Beliefs, Family Traditions, and Emotions, among other topics. A Matter of Time is a multi-generational novel that moves around the plight and predicament of Indian women whose lives are deeply rooted in Indian beliefs, superstitions, conventions and traditions.

Women have been living and breathing silently for thousands of years under the umbrella of patriarchy and with their "gazing." With the foundation of patriarchy, the disparity between man and woman, in its unwritten form, has developed through language, customs, rituals, myths and practises. Myths, rituals, and customs contribute to the evolution and establishment of human society. They are naturally developed, but are indeed societal buildings and help in developing patriarchal ideologies. They are believed to be natural. They are, therefore, essential to women's subjugation in our society.


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Author Biography

Prajesh Jena

Research Scholar

Maharaja Sriram Chandra Bhanja Deo University

Baripada, Odisha, India


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How to Cite

Jena, P. . (2021). Reflection of Indian Culture in Shashi Deshpande’s A Matter of Time. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 9(5), 112–122.