Magazine article Herizons

[Aurat Durbar, the Court of Women: Writings by Women of South Asian Origin]

Magazine article Herizons

[Aurat Durbar, the Court of Women: Writings by Women of South Asian Origin]

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Aurat Durbar is a rich and provocative collection of writings by South Asian women authors living in Canada and United States. It draws reader into their complex worlds, as they struggle under the demands imposed by tradition, duty, diaspora, language and community. The eloquence and passion with which they bring forth the issues of immigration, colour discrimination, bigotry and injustice speaks to their intelligence and their resilience. The stories and poems will be an eye-opener to those western feminists whose vision is still limited by racial stereotypes of South Asian women. Aurat Durbar commands the reader to sit up and take notice. The writers' struggles, pain, anger, concerns and aspirations are very real. The western ideology, curious and eager to play fair, cannot make things right unless it tries to understand the eastern philosophy. It is amazing to see how many authors have favoured poetry to convey their passionate emotions regarding violence, racism, terrorism, insensitivities toward children and the aged. Author Smita Vir Tyagi's woman is, afraid of virtue, sacrifice, noble gains raising a fine family, gifting my youth to this exalted capacity ... Out of a sense (duty, I begin to lose my mind." Sheila James's outrage at the calculated annihilation of woman is clearly visible in her poem. The systematic killing starts early, even before the birth, in the mother's womb, the heartless treatment of the girl-child, the dowry death, widow burning. She says, "No matter how many ways they try to kill her, SHE WILL KEEP COMING BACK. …

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