Google on Thursday remembered legendary Malayalam and English writer Kamala Das with a doodle. Kamala Das, one of India’s prominent poets and a Malayalam author who dared to write about women’s sexual lives and marital problems at a time when open discussion about such topics was taboo, was honoured by Google with a doodle on Thursday.Born to a Hindu family, she converted to Islam at the age of 68 and was known as Kamala Suraiya. At the age of 15 she was married to Madhava Das, a banker by profession. He encouraged her to write, and she started publishing her works both in English and Malayalam. On this day in 1976, Kamala Das released her autobiography, “My Story”. Her life and work had a certain boldness and shape-shifting quality, whether it was the many genres she wrote in or the various languages in which she expressed herself.Kamala is also known for her contradictions. She embraced Islam at the age of 65 and changed her name to Kamala Surayya. Her religious conversion and interviews favouring the purdah came as a surprise to many.Her autobiography captures her life from childhood to marriage and beyond, describing the rich inner world of a creative soul. She began writing this book in English but soon started translating it to Malayalam as she wrote along. Her relatives, among others, tried to block her autobiography from being published and released; but many others were left spellbound by her honesty and the way she expressed herself through words.
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