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Why Shankar Mahadevan Sang Maa At A Book Launch

Last updated on: June 09, 2022 11:55 IST
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She stands strong. Confident. Beautiful.

Yet, a woman is never free, bound as she is by so many expectations.

And the one that can destroy her -- just as much as it can make her -- can be summed up in just one word. Mother.

If a woman cannot become a mother, the torment she faces -- from society, from her family, from herself -- can destroy her. Or it can make her stronger.

It is this theme that the Singapore-based Mala Mahesh explores in her new book, Padma.

Shanker Mahadevan and Mala Mahesh

IMAGE: Shankar Mahadevan and Mala Mahesh. Photographs and videos: Kind courtesy Mala Mahesh

The book was unveiled by the talented Shankar Mahadevan in his incomparable style.



The singer-composer doesn't mince words when he talks about the dichotomy in Indian society when it comes to women.


While the book is a work of fiction, the problems and the emotional trauma faced by its two protagonists -- and thousands of women across the world -- is real.

For the stigma of infertility is terrible and the blame, explains Mala, is always laid at the woman's door.


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