Marginal woman in Suniti Namjoshis the conversations of Cow
Indian women novelists in English, both native and diasporic, insiders as well as outsiders, are the essential ingredients of the total fabric of contemporary Indian English Fiction. The image of women in literature has undergone a change during the last four decades. The ‘new’ woman is self-assured, ambitious; she is also conscious of her independent identity. Suniti Namjoshi (1941- ) is one of the ‘new’ Indian women novelists in English from Maharashtra. She is emerged as a blooming star on the horizon of Indian English Fiction and has been active on the literary scene for more than half a decade. In this span she has written both in singly and in collaboration, in verse and prose; fables and dystopias, novels and short stories, fantasy and satire, children’s literature with a feminist touch, and almost each genre except drama and epic. Her fiction enables the subaltern female subjectivity to voice women’s concerns in the times of crisis. She is an experiential writer who dares to tackle with variety of subjects. She comments upon the universal discrimination of gender and class which becomes her major thematic concern. Namjoshi has lived her life in a different way right from the beginning of her career and it is reflected in her work. The present paper aims at the critique of Suniti Namjoshi’s ‘The conversations of Cow’ with special reference to her lesbian identity.