Picked up this book while cleaning the shelves for Diwali. ‘A Doll’s House’ by the Norwegian writer Henrik Ibsen is my mother’s favourite play. I am reading it 35 years after it gave her wings to fly.
It’s hard to believe that this play was written in 1879. Some of the dialogues would be considered outrageous even today! Through Nora Helmer, Ibsen explores the ‘duties’ of a wife and the ‘role’ of a woman in the society.
One dialogue that stood out for me was the following. It left me wondering about the meaning of marriage and love. “You see, there are some people that one loves, and others that perhaps one would rather be with”
“Actually this was a part of my syllabus in first year degree. Prof. Yamuna Raja Rao stirred our thoughts through this play. Ibsen subtly puts before the reader the realities of marriage and femininity. Thanks dear for picking it up. Some books leave a mark on you. This is one of them.” my mother said.
I also read Amir Khusrau – The Man in Riddles which is a colourful book by Ankit Chadha. I had come across both Amir Khusrau and Ankit Chadha when I attended a Dastangoi by Ankit Chadha on Amir Khusrau.
The book is actually a compilation of 20 riddles translated into English. Ankit Chadha has tried to introduce Amir Khusrau to a layman through these riddles. Riddles to understand a riddle!
P.S. It also makes a great gift for children and adults alike this festive season.