Udasi ki Rut
- Category : Novel
- Author name : Ali Ghalem
- Publisher: Mashal Books
- No. of Pages: 200
- ISBN Code: 0
- Size of eBook for download: 6.82M
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Ali Ghalem's A Wife for my Son (Udasi Ki Rut)is a sensitive account not only of how the traditional constraints of hierarchical marriage affect an intelligent, independent young woman, but also of how economic exile into a "post-colonial" society stifle the ambitions and the personality of a young husband.
A young, well-educated, woman is suddenly -- and apparently without reason -- converted into a bride-to-be in a conventional arranged marriage. In a patriarchal society like that of contemporary Algeria, this means not only submission to her husband's desires and neglect, but also a radical shift away from her beloved home to that of her new in-laws. Fatiha chafes under the discrimination and even dislike she encounters in her new environment, especially since her husband has gone back to seek work in France and left her "alone." Hocine understands that he, too, is alienated by custom and by distance, but he does not have the sensitivity nor the education, nor the modernity, to characterize his loneliness in the way his young wife does.