That Long Silence: Breaking the silence surrounding subservient women

Shashi Deshpande crafts a portrait of a woman trying to break free of the societal structures that constrain her

Shashi Deshpande’s protagonist, Jaya, is full of resentments of the past and the possibilities of a better life. That Long Silence reflects on the social structures and roles that keep women silent in subservient positions. Jaya’s earlier marriage with Mohan, marital frustrations and disappointments, and her personal failure begin to surface. Jaya decides that she can no longer be a passive, silent partner in her marriage. In That Long Silence, Shashi Deshpande crafts a portrait of a woman trying to break free of the constraints of her life.

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Shashi Despande
Novelist and Short Story Writer

Shashi Deshpande (born 1938) is an Indian novelist. She won the Sahitya Akademi Award for the novel That Long Silence in 1990 and the Padma Shri award in 2009. Her novel Shadow Play was shortlisted for The Hindu Literary Prize in 2014.