31 Jan|Sat|5.30PM| Reading of Perumal Murugan’s ‘One Part Woman’


The Alternative Law Forum Invites you to an interactive reading of Perumal Murugan’s book ‘One Part Woman’ translated by Aniruddhan Vasudevan.

One part woman edit

 ‘The book has become the target of opposition from some fringe right-wing political and caste outfits’. As a result, the author has retracted all his work . Orinam, a Chennai based collective, condemned the call for the ban stating

‘ In this piece of fiction, we note that the author has queered ideas of conventional masculinity and femininity. The story is that of a loving couple, Kali and Ponna, who is childless. Kali, the lead male character, is shown to fail in the all too essential masculine ideal that is constructed around him. Ponna, the lead female character, steps away from the sexual conventions of femininity as she chooses to go beyond the ritual of faceless sexual intercourse seeking a child: she exercises agency in choosing who she wants to sleep with, the handsomer god. The book also queers divinity. It constructs interfaces between woman–discerning, and strong–and the god; between man–casteless, and kind–and the divine. It jolts us into rethinking what that mundane phrase ‘God gave us this child’ many of us have heard, may actually have meant’

 The interactive session will be facilitated by Gowthaman Ranganathan and Deepak Srinivasan.

Request you to kindly RSVP at gowthaman@altlawforum.org.

For queries, if any, please contact Gowthaman at +91 9739 841 724.

Date: 31/01/2015

Venue: Alternative Law Forum, 122/4, Infantry Road, Next to Balaji Art Gallery, Bangalore – 560 001.

Time: 5.30p.m. onwards.