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Author Pavāra, Urmilā.

Title The weave of my life : a Dalit woman's memoirs / Urmila Pawar ; translated by Maya Pandit
Published New York : Columbia University Press, ©2009

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Description 1 online resource (xxviii, 283 pages, 6 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- A Note on Kinship Terms -- One -- Two -- Three -- Four -- Five -- Six -- Seven -- Eight -- Nine -- Ten -- Twelve -- Notes -- Glossary -- Readers' Reactions To Aaydan
Summary "My mother used to weave aaydans, the Marathi generic term for all things made from bamboo. I find that her act of weaving and my act of writing are organically linked. The weave is similar. It is the weave of pain, suffering, and agony that links us." Activist and award-winning writer Urmila Pawar recounts three generations of Dalit women who struggled to overcome the burden of their caste. Dalits, or untouchables, make up India's poorest class. Forbidden from performing anything but the most undesirable and unsanitary duties, for years Dalits were believed to be racially inferior and polluted by nature and were therefore forced to live in isolated communities. Pawar grew up on the rugged Konkan coast, near Mumbai, where the Mahar Dalits were housed in the center of the village so the upper castes could summon them at any time. As Pawar writes, "the community grew up with a sense of perpetual insecurity, fearing that they could be attacked from all four sides in times of conflict. That is why there has always been a tendency in our people to shrink within ourselves like a tortoise and proceed at a snail's pace." Pawar eventually left Konkan for Mumbai, where she fought for Dalit rights and became a major figure in the Dalit literary movement. Though she writes in Marathi, she has found fame in all of India. In this frank and intimate memoir, Pawar not only shares her tireless effort to surmount hideous personal tragedy but also conveys the excitement of an awakening consciousness during a time of profound political and social change
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Pavāra, Urmilā
Pavāra, Urmilā
Pawar, Urmila.
Pavāra, Urmilā
Authors, Marathi -- 20th century -- Biography
Dalits -- India -- Maharashtra -- Biography
Women -- India -- Maharashtra -- Biography
Political activists -- India -- Biography
Feminists -- India -- Biography
HISTORY -- Asia -- India & South Asia.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- General.
Authors, Marathi
Dalits
Feminists
Political activists
Women
Dalit
Frau
Authors, Marathi -- 20th century -- Biography
Dalits -- India -- Maharashtra -- Biography
Women -- India -- Maharashtra -- Biography
Political activists -- India -- Biography
Feminists -- India -- Biography
Maharashtra (India) -- Biography
India
India -- Maharashtra
Indien
Maharashtra (India) -- Biography
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0231520573
9780231520577
Other Titles Āyadāna. English