Reading ''Prothom Protishruti'' (The First Promise) on the Women's DayThis is the most famous trilogy (Satyabati, Subarnalata, Bakul-katha) of Bengali literature which depicts the journey of Bengali women from the darkness of medieval superstition to modernity in a deceptively simple language. This trilogy of Ashapoorna Devi vividly describes how Bengali women of three generations fought against every obstruction, every superstition to continue the journey towards the light of modernity. The struggle, hopes and aspirations of three generations of Bengali women provide an extremely detailed picture of the society during nineteenth and twentieth centuries of Bengal.
The Jnanpith Award-winning novel of Ashapoorna Devi tells us that during the long and arduous journey of the women, many men co-operated with them. Many women, who themselves don't take part in the journey towards progress, indirectly helped the progressive women. At the same time, many men and women created barriers to this progress. The novel indirectly tells us not to stereotype men and women.
This famous novel is giving me a wonderful insight into the life and struggle of women of India. On this women's day, I ask everyone to read this trilogy (translated into English) to understand the arduous journey of Indian women in the pursuit of education and independence.