Ente Katha (My Story): Kamala Surayya’s Controversial Autobiography

Vrinda Gupta
Vrinda Gupta

Book Synopsis

Ente Katha is one of the most famous autobiographies of all time. Kamala Surayya (Madhavikutty) has written the novel. Kamala has presented her life story in the form of a novel in Malayalam. Throughout the entire novel, she has been straightforward and extraordinarily honest.  She wrote this novel the year 1973. It was the year Kamala was severely ill. As she thought will not survive, she was motivated to write a book to tell her life story.

On 1 February 1973, Ente Katha was published. The book was controversial and outspoken. After it was published in 1973, critics pursued her aggressively. Her vivid expression of her opinions on subjects in society often shocked her readers. She mentioned the society subjects and more often on the hypocrisy of it. Even though My Story was termed to be an autobiography, Kamala had admitted that there was a lot of fiction in it.

You can read this book in Malayalam by clicking on this link: https://www.scribd.com/document/346399028/Ente-Kadha-Madhavikkutty-pdf

About Madhavikutty

Kamala Das was an Indian poet in English as well as an author in Malayalam from Kerala, India. She was born on 31 March 1934 in Kerala. At the age of 15, she married Madhav Das. The couple had three sons together. Madhav Das died in the year 1992. In 1999, Kamala Surayya converted to Islam. Subsequently, she announced that she planned to marry her Muslim lover. Although, she never remarried. She died on 31 May 2009, at the age of 75.

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Her popularity in Kerala is based majorly on her short stories and autobiography. However, she used to write in English under the name Kamala Das. Her English poems are noteworthy and her autobiography is termed as explicit.

Her first poetry book is Summer in Calcutta. It focuses on love, betrayal, and the consequent anguish. Once you read it, it is bound to make you feel all the feelings. She revolutionized an entire generation of literature and form of expression. For her literary contribution, Kamala Surayya has earned many accolades in her lifetime. She was even nominated and shortlisted for Nobel Prize in 1984. She bagged many international awards and titles. Also, she has been revered by Sahitya Academy Award in 2003.

Her fundamental rule of writing was to write without a hint of regret. However, it blends well with her iconoclast image perceived across society. Many aren’t aware of the fact that her writing is empowering. Therefore, everyone should read her expression on female sexuality.

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