Indian Critic, Mr. Nitish Raj, pens a literary criticism of the book ‘Period And Emotion’
Who could ever forget those shy, self-dejected women from “A Thousand Splendid Suns” who were ever reluctant to talk about their basic needs?
The women who had always been assigned the designation of a diety across cultures have always been an element of dejection.
Even after we consider it not less than a feat to proclaim women a subject of respect, we hardly care for their basic nuances of day to day.
Undoubtedly the acclaimed storyteller, Khaled Hosseini, depicted the plight of women, it takes enough courage to talk something which is even
considered tabboo for women.
As a matter of fact, still today even though we claim to be modern, a lot of imperative topics are considered taboo in our society.
And what could be more imperative for women than menstruation which has sadly been a prey of ignorance and lack of
Going into the depth and intricacies of such a sensible aspect needs a sensitive
heart with immense respect for women; and who could have done it better than the ever versatile; Mukesh Kumar Shahi in his highly-awaited masterpiece, “Period And Emotion”.
Menstruation which is generally known as ‘Periods’ due to its natural cycle of 28 Days becomes part and parcel of a woman’s life once she hits puberty.
Periods are said to be accompanied
with emotional change in females which is a byproduct of bio-chemical changes. These
changes are understable for a female but the changing perception of the males pinches them
Even today our patriarchy considers the women devoid of purity stage once she is in the state of periods. If patriarchy is not enough then the prevailing superstitions which have been
described in length by Mr. Sahi acts as a silent torture for these emotionally depleted women.
Our dear country which boasts of being the next Superpower has still been unable to eradicate the diseased mentality which has brought hundreds of women to the brink of mortality.
Even though we are accustomed to blame the men for any of the women’s depravity, ‘Period And Emotion’ shed light on the nonsensical customs which have blossomed like a ritual for women.
Women who have blended these bavardages without caring about the consequences are just victims of a lack of education.
Undoubtedly, not all old are obsolete and Mr. Shahi goes to length in his research to bifurcate between truth and myth, superstitions and traditions, negligence and indulgence of family members which could help the women to attain a happy and hygienic life.
Isn’t it an irony that at the time when the world should be busy headhunting women for top-notch positions, we are trying to hunt those idiosyncrasies which are costing the lives of
At such a precarious state, when there is a dire need to eradicate these fallacies, we would expect Mr. Shahi to come with such more masterpieces which can bring a true change in society.