Evaluation: Getting There by Manjula Padmanabhan – books critiques

368pp, Rs 399; Hachette

The arrival of Manjula Padmanabhan, is a great mystery. It’s been 20 years. But I didn’t know it existed until it was reprinted this year. Since then, I have learned that this fascinating book about a girl who went from bad to worse in the world is loved by a few of her readers who are self-made and self-correcting.

His reading of the writing does not reflect his universal appeal. I have been recommending this to readers of all walks of life, especially here as we remain steadfast as the plague progresses. I read it as if it had just woken up. And when I finished in the middle of the night, I was silent for a long time and was amazed at his wisdom and how it explained aspects of my incomprehensible feelings.

Getting There: The Search for Love, Truth and Humiliation for a Girl, is a kind of reminder of a 20-year-old woman trying to escape the hardships of her life and body. He writes about a year in Padmanabhan’s life in the late 1970s when he traveled to the West, first to America and then to Europe where he had many visitors. This is not a wild story. It is different, strange and even careless. I think about life, decisions and desire. The same story – going to and fro – is interesting, meaningless.

It opens at Bombay where Manju is an independent artist. Her life is the life of independent young women everywhere. They live in a rented apartment, have a boyfriend who has no intention of getting married (or marrying anyone), and are trying to lose weight.

She is convinced, as women are often wrong, that her body is the cause of all her problems:

“Yes, I was self-centered, incompetent, and very self-conscious. I was overweight. I was a fat eater more than my body wanted. Fat stored as an unsightly body shows a reddening, black stain in body fat. Time is a type of oil unless it cannot be stored. However, I could feel the amount of unused hours lying in an awkward pile in my stomach for my days. By the time it took my fellow artists to complete the whole book I could only paint once. I can’t force myself to produce anything if I don’t like it and emotionally I can take hours or days just to be lazy, waiting to wait. ”

By looking at what he eats, he hopes to change his whole life. He goes to a restaurant, walks around the area for 45 minutes twice a day. Meanwhile, he lives with two Dutch wallet friends who come to the dormitory where he lives and take the opportunity to travel to Holland.

But how did one 20-year-old Indian woman release in the 1970’s? The same is true for women who walk their own paths to achieve any kind of freedom anytime anywhere. This is not a book built on the date of its occurrence. The way to do everything is to imitate and practice.

That’s why he’s planning to extend his trip to America where he’s going with his girlfriend to visit his sister. Anyone who has been through a mealtime recognizes the lack of constant hunger that follows spoiled foods. With some additional problems of its secrecy, he insists on America (there is no better place in the world than the United States to fill your mind with their nutritious food): “As long as my mind was stopped by food, I could not think. I eat constantly.”

Getting there is very powerful in the way Padmanabhan openly expresses unpopular (especially among Indians) travel. In New York she did not want to do anything to attract tourists. “They thought it was strange that I had traveled halfway around the world to sleep. They want me to get up, go buy windows, move out of the museum and waste my ticket money.

I have said that I earn my living by watching TV … ‘For me, watching TV was like seeing Taj in India’. “

In Europe, they are more and more involved. He lives for a while with an old friend in Germany – this is his cheating, he told his family that he would help a friend who had just given birth. Then they have guests in the community – a social behavior that people choose to live together as a group, then two couples. He then goes to Holland where he lives with one of his Dutch friends at his home with various members and pets. A lot is happening in these months, but it’s the opposite of how travels are usually: nothing happens, nothing unusual for young people visiting. Travel is difficult, as is sex, as is twenty years of danger. They find themselves unable to do well, start to get frustrated but still keep moving.

Author Manjula Padmanabhan

Author Padmanabhan (Publisher’s permission)

Books about the experiences of women narrated through dissenting women who, often self-deprecating, looking after their lives and admitting their mistakes, have become very popular since the 90’s. Helen Fielding did this in her 1996 book Bridget Jones’s Diary. With what Get There was compared to when it was first published in 2000. A few years later, Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir in 2006 Eat, Pray, Love: Single Woman Seeking Everything in Italy, India and Indonesia spoke out about women’s ignorance and full spiritual interest which comes from food in Rome, inner peace in ashram and love in Bali. Until now it is now compared to Eat, Pray, Love – but it is different not because the protagonist goes the other way. Padmanabhan ia is about leaving the fullness of himself and his life. And in their quest for survival they find similarities in cognition.

Over the past decade, thousands of writers (such as Sally Rooney, an Irish novelist called “Salinger of the Snapchat Age”) have researched 20 other things. Recently, an article in The New Yorker described the problem with the books as an introduction it is considered a “finish, not a start” because the actual work of self-creation – comes in handy after enlightenment.

This is where Padmanabhan is more successful than any other writer I have read in the article. He wrote the book 20 years later and had time to meditate. As a result, at the beginning of the book, as he explains his decisions wisely instead of dealing with the pressures of his inner life, he realizes that he is trying to “establish order theories in which the unruly world refused to enter.” a carefree teenage life – counting: coping with the loneliness and loneliness they may experience.

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