The Blind Matriarch: A Chronicle of Pandemic and Resilience
Prof. Dr Deepali Rajshekhar Patil
Matangi Ma, Corona virus, pandemic, blind matriarch, resilience, C100
The present paper analyses Namita Gokhale’s twentieth book, The Blind Matriarch which is a real-time account of India’s experience with the corona virus, the complete lockdowns with containment zones and sealed interstate boundaries, followed by the quarantine periods that seemed to be never ending. The story revolves around Matangi-Ma, the blind matriarch, who holds together her joint family residing on the four floors of the same building in such difficult and critical times. All the characters continue through the hardships that shows remarkable strength and resilience during the pandemic. Although death lurks around and does carry near and dear ones, Matangi Ma continues to support her family in every way like a soldier at battlefield. The rersearcher proposes to show that the novel showcases the complex lives of the matriarch’s family and their journey outward as well as inward. It is an endearing chronicle C100’s microcosmic encounter with the deadly virus at the backdrop of the nation’s struggle to overpower the virus and its vulnerability.
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Unique Paper ID: 161020

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 10, Issue 2

Page(s): 372 - 375
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