On Amrita Pritam’s birth anniversary, we bring you a list of fierce women writers from across the country.
She is an author and activist. Her works mostly revolve around socio-political themes. She won the Booker prize in 1997 in the fiction category for her book ‘God of Small Things’. She has also worked in films as a writer and actress.
The grandma we wished we had. Her works are full of wisdom. Her book ‘Three Thousand Stitches’ talks about the value little acts of kindness behold. Her fiction set in Indian households told with her characteristic charm.
Her writings consist of myths, history, and folklores from the North-east. Boats on Land, her debut collection of short stories, won the 2013 Sahitya Akademi Young Writer Award for the English language and the 2013 Crossword Book Award for fiction.
Her book, ‘We that are young’ is a retelling of King Lear, set in India. A tale of a father’s love, who is lusting for power, pits his three daughters against each other.
Her books explore the rich Indian tapestry with characters who seem to have come at a crossroads. A sense of tragedy seems to be lurking beneath the surface in her works.
She is a Dalit feminist writer who uses strong prose and poetry to tell stories. Her debut poetry collection titled Touch was about caste and untouchability.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The Palace of Illusions is a retelling of the Mahabharata from Draupadi’s perspective. Some of her other books also revolve around the diasporic experience of South-Asian immigrants.
A critically acclaimed and best-selling author. She is a novelist, poet as well as a playwright. Her books are famously set in Kerala, exploring the beautiful state with relatable characters.
Her works weave loss and grief with politics to write succinct yet powerful novels. Her 2012 published book Arachar won her the 2015 Sahitya Akademi award.
Watching her perform live is surely a treat. She performs fluid moves to accompany her lucid prose. Her first book of poetry, Countries of the Body (2006), won the Forward Poetry Prize (Best First Collection) in 2006.
Her feminist fables (1981) is a classic feminist text. She uses magical realism in her books. Her book Suki is about tackling grief when her cat dies.