Reading the Silence of Bengi in Arupa Patangia’s ‘Aai’


  • Sandhani Dutta Kalita



Arupa Patangia’s  Aai, tells the story of Pomeela Bengi, a dim witted imbecile who has been a victim of the insurgency and has been rendered invisible after the death of her only surviving son Mohan. But, her silence acted as a voice of resistance because through it she could powerfully express how the state and its mechanisms function and makes the ordinary people like Pomeela victims, and how they are searching for an alternative.


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Author Biography

Sandhani Dutta Kalita

Asstt. Professor

Deptt .of English

L.G.B.Girls’ College

Tezpur, Assam, India


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Meise,Kartin. ‘On Talking about Silence in and Literature’(1996).45.

Gill Preeti. The Peripheral Centre Voices from India North East, New Delhi: Zubaan, 2010.Introduction.




How to Cite

Dutta Kalita, S. . (2021). Reading the Silence of Bengi in Arupa Patangia’s ‘Aai’. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 9(11), 48–55.