By Revathi Ganeshsundaram

My brother and I grew up on the campus of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore as my father was an academic there from the mid-1960s until his retirement in the late 1980s. Those were undoubtedly the happiest years of my life, not the least because of the quiet and semi-wild surroundings of the house in which we lived.

As public discourse and media debate continue to engender discussions on the skewed gender dynamic in India, the Department of English at Stella Maris College organised a national seminar that focused on reflexivity, representation and socio-political perspectives in Indian women’s writing in English. The impetus behind organising this seminar was to draw light on to the stream of modern Indian fiction, which seeks to interpret experience from the standpoint of a feminine consciousness and sensibility.