Existential Predicament in Shashi Deshpande’s A Matter of Time

Manisha Sharma (Pandey)

Abstract


Shashi Deshpande presents a realistic image of the middle class educated women
who form a considerable majority of the contemporary Indian society. Deshpande
portrays the middle class women who is torn in the strife between tradition and
modernity. The outstanding contribution of Shashi Deshpande to the realm of Indian
fiction is that she has broken the age-old stereotyped image of Indian women and has
enabled the readers to see women as they are. The women in her novels have no
inclination to fit into the moulds of Sita and Savitri. Her women are portrayed not as
goddesses but as real human beings of flesh and blood who have their own desires,
strength and weaknesses.

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