A Bad Womans Story

Hardcover | October 1, 2009

byKishwar NaheedTranslated byDurdana Soomro

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This book is Kishwar Naheed's response to those who are quick to label a woman as bad. It is a searing indictment of a society that uses custom, religion and even brute force to keep women down. She hits out hard and fearlessly at social and political injustices and at the materialism and shamreligiosity she sees around her. It's what you would expect of one of Pakistan's leading feminist poets, known for her defiance and outspokenness. Born to a conservative family in pre-partition India, at a time when women were in such purdah that they could not show their hand to a hakim withoutdipping it in flour, Naheed saw these same women turn into political activists in the run-up to Partition. She too learned to do battle early on-to go to college like her brothers, to express herself and, at the age of 19, to marry the man of her choice. The marriage turned sour and it is anindication of her refreshing candour that she doesn't gloss over her hurt and disappointment. Rich in literary, historical and cultural allusions, A Bad Woman's Story is written in a punchy, witty style that keeps the reader engaged and entertained from beginning to end.

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This book is Kishwar Naheed's response to those who are quick to label a woman as bad. It is a searing indictment of a society that uses custom, religion and even brute force to keep women down. She hits out hard and fearlessly at social and political injustices and at the materialism and shamreligiosity she sees around her. It's what ...

Kishwar Naheed was born in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, India in 1940. Her family moved to Lahore during the partition of the subcontinent in 1947. She is one of the best-known feminist poets of Pakistan. Her first collection of poetry, Lab-i goya, published in 1968, won the prestigious Adamjee Prize for Literature. This collection of ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:350 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:October 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195477375

ISBN - 13:9780195477375

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Table of Contents

To my readersTo my readers II1. First Ladder2. First Step3. First Prostration4. First Sweetheart5. First Manifestation6. First Slip7. Story of Mah Laqa8. Tale of Meera's Maid Servant9. The Birth of Yashodhra10. Crownless Zareen11. Laila without Conch12. Lady with Hunter13. Collar14. Eve and the Son of Adam