Padmavati the harlot and other stories pdf
Padmavati the Harlot and Other Stories by Kamala Suraiyya Das
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Jump to navigation. Kamala Das is an enfant terrible of the Indian literary scene. Even well into late middle age. Rakishly sensual in her poems and prose, Das, in this collection of short stories, no longer seeks to shock. With sensitivity Das takes us behind the purdah into the tattered world of the down-and-out woman - prostitutes, some with the proverbial golden heart.
When they had finally settled themselves down after weeks of honeymooning in a small flat at Dadar, she told her husband that she felt miserable and lonely from eight in the morning to six in the evening while he worked in his insurance firm at the heart of the city. If only you could get me a pet, she murmured, nestling closer to his chest, a little kitten, even a kitten would be such a comfort And, he threw back his head and laughed. What a sweet and innocent creature he had married! He tickled her until she rolled over on their double bed and screamed out for mercy. Then, he began to lick her toes, mumbling, you see, I am your kitten, I am your little kitten. After three months of ardour, they began to quarrel.