ISBN 9789381017739,A Life Apart: An Autobiography

A Life Apart: An Autobiography


Zubaan Books



Zubaan Books

Publication Year 2013

ISBN 9789381017739

ISBN-10 9381017735


Number of Pages 285 Pages
Language (English)


One of Hindi s best known writers, Prabha Khaitan spent much of herlife as the second woman in a long-term relationship with a marriedman. Born in a conservative Marwari family, she defied traditionand family expectations, insisting on living life as a singlewoman, setting up her own business and earning the respect of herpeers and colleagues in the corporate world. Despite her yearningto be loved and cherished by the man to whom she gave her life,Prabha Khaitan lived life on her own terms.

With a frankness that is rare in the world of Hindiautobiographical writing by women, Prabha Khaitan here speaks ofher feelings, her sense of discomfort and unease at not being thelegitimate woman, about what she gained and lost from arelationship that was generally frowned upon by society and how shefought to become her own woman. In doing so, she reflects onmarriage, relationships, intimacy and distance, the professionaland the personal, and the ways in which women are caught withinthese often conflicting forces.