The Love Queen of Malabar

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  • Copyright: 2010-09-30
  • Publisher: McGill Queens Univ Pr
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Kamala Das (1934-2009) is one of India's most beloved and controversial literary figures. She was hailed and reviled as the first Indian woman to write an autobiographical cult classic about love and desire. Admirers dubbed her, "The First Feminist Emotional Revolutionary of Our Time." The tabloid press called her "The Love Queen of Malabar."

Author Biography

Merrily Weisbord found Das's work so compelling that she flew to South India to meet her. The Love Queen of Malabar is the story of their decade-long friendship, an experiment in mutual revelation. Recounting the development of their relationship, Weisbord relates the dramatic events of Das's life, including her transition from celibacy to sexual awakening at age sixty-seven when, provoking the greatest scandal of her notorious life, she converted to Islam for love and renewal.

Table of Contents

Cochin, Munnar, Kovalam, South India, 1995
The Stranger and Ip. 3
An Introductionp. 10
Love in Another Countryp. 17
Esoteric Exoticap. 26
Lines Addressed to a Devadesip. 42
Montreal, Laurentian Mountains, New York, 1995
Maple Leaves Red as Drying Bloodp. 51
I Shall Carry You with Mep. 61
Child Bridep. 75
Riding a Tigerp. 88
Delhi, Cochin, Kovalam, 1997
Orbits of Friendshipp. 107
Life Is but a Dreamp. 120
The Husband Who Neither Loved nor Used Her but Was a Ruthless Watcherp. 126
Cochin, Calicut, Malabar, 2000
Bliss in the Scent of His Perspirationp. 141
Beyond the Outskirts of the Cityp. 155
The Fear of the Yearp. 168
A Pale Green Pondp. 177
The Laurentians, Montreal, 2000
Gift of a Manp. 189
The Depth of Sequestered Poolsp. 202
Cochin, 2003
A Touch of Moonlightp. 209
You Embrace Mep. 218
Cochin, 2004
Exhalationsp. 229
A Cloudburst of Intense Fantasyp. 237
Cochin, Punnayurkulam, 2005
That Close to Mep. 247
The Place of Quiet Happinessp. 257
Epiloguep. 267
Acknowledgmentsp. 269
Bibliographyp. 273
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