Ladies Coupé – A woman’s Perspective of Life


For some unknown reason I was not a voracious reader of Indian literature. Don’t ask me why. Except for Chetan Bhagat novels, The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor andPrison and Chocolate Cake by Nayantara Sahgal and of course being a Keralite – Basheer novels, I have not had the pleasure of reading many. So, I have decided to make a conscious effort into getting acquainted with the literary works of my country.

This week, I chose the book: Ladies Coupé by Anita Nair. Me being a regular reader of fantasy novels by Nora Roberts, this book was an eye opener. It opened my eyes to the not-so-good-realities faced by many Indian Women.

The whole novel seems to revolve around the question put forward by Akhilandeswari, the protagonist of this novel: Can an Indian woman live alone? The protagonist tries to find an answer to this question by analyzing the life experiences narrated by her five companions in the train’s Ladies Coupé.

This book is vivid with the description of life in two South-Indian states: Tamil Nadu and Kerala; The scenes of the railway station were so vivid in my mind’s eye, that I would bet on anything that a movie adaptation of this scene will not do it justice. I will say that this Anita Nair novel has made me proud to be an Indian woman.

I would recommend this book to anyone above the age of 15.

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