Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Bhaumik on Why We Love to Hate Arundhati Roy



Saba Naqvi Bhaumik would like us to know that Indians have a "love-hate relationship" with Arundhati Roy because, you know--
First, there is the macho male response to a woman who is not just brilliant and beautiful, but is also blessed with a talent for turning out powerful prose. Roy would be adored by the Indian male if she had been content to sit prettily on a pedestal.
And so some advice for Ms. Roy from her loyal backer:
But if Roy insists on staying on in India, there are a few things she could do to soften the hatred she often inspires in some Indians. Wear saris, shut up, stay at home, have babies, grow her hair long and start plaiting it.
Bhaumik doesn't mean it really, of course. Just being funnee.

But still, how sad and strange that a criticism of patriarchal mores should have internalized toxic levels disdain for the sari-wearing, long-braided populace.


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1 comment:

Rahul said...

"But still, how sad and strange that a criticism of patriarchal mores should have internalized toxic levels disdain for the sari-wearing, long-braided populace."
Ha ha ha.Lovely line,though I do not agree with your conclusion.Her disdain,if any,is towards those conformists who want to see women within a certain boundary of imagination;though while doing so she does assume that women of a certain appearance would be perceived to be conformist by some people,she herself does not make that assertion,implicitly or explicitly.