“I speak three languages, write in two, dream in one.”-Kamala Das
Search engine giant Google created a doodle to celebrate poet and author Kamala Das’s publication date of her autobiography, ‘My Story’. Artist Manjit Thapp designed the doodle . Das also known as Madhavikkutty penned stories filled with passion ,emotion, and fantasy.She was a unique writer famed for her bold stories.She was determined to live life on her own terms,resisting labels such as “feminist”.
She was dared to write on women sexuality and marital problem at a time of taboo for such open discussions.
Kamaladas earned the title,”The Mother of Modern Indian English Poetry”,thanks to her contributions in English writing.
Das originally wrote her autobiography in English, but translated it to Malayalam along the way. The story captures her life from childhood to marriage and beyond, describing the rich inner world of a creative soul. While some found the book to be controversial, including relatives who tried to block it from being published, many readers were enchanted by the lyricism and honesty of her writing.
Through all her transitions and personal reinventions, Das continued to write poetry and prose that was unflinching and passionate. Today’s Doodle by artist Manjit Thapp celebrates the work she left behind, which provides a window into the world of an engrossing woman.
Kamala was born in Punnayurkulam, Thrissur District in Kerala, on 31 March 1934, to V. M. Nair, a former managing editor of the widely circulated Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi, and Nalapat Balamani Amma, a renowned Malayali poet.
In “My Story”, which was published in 1976, Das retells her childhood, spent in Kerala and Kolkata, her unfulfilling arranged marriage to an older man before the age of 16; the emotional breakdowns and suicidal thoughts that she faced as a young wife and mother.
After suffering from acute diabetes and related illnesses, she passed away at the age of 75 in Pune on May 31, 2009.