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Shvoong Home>Books>Novels & Novellas>The Company of Women Review

The Company of Women

Book Review   by:hoori     Original Author: Khushwant Singh
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khushwant singh's novel The company of women is published in1999.It is considered 'great Indian lascivious' novel for its frank treatment of sex.Though criticised as an erotic and sensuous novel,one can not remain blind to its didactic side especially applicable in the modern era of loose morals.
Mohan kumar,the hero is a successful business man,who got divorced from his wife because of his wife's resentment towards his illicit life.The novel focuses mainly on Mohan'sefforts to appease his sexual hunger.The novel pictures his sexual adventures with nine women,including his wife. Others include African,American,Kashmiri Pundit,Muslim,Dalit Hindu,Hindu Brahmin,Tamilian Christian,Goan Roman Catholic,Sri Lankan Buddhist and an unnamed woman of easy virtue in Bombay.Mohan kumar is a hedonist who is a champion of extra marital affairs,who doesn't find any wrong with adultery.According to him adultery saves many marriages from collapsing.His lust knows no caste barriers as it is evident from his sex parteners ranging from the sweepress Dhanna to Yasmeen,a Muslim student from Pakistan.
Singh also aims a sharp blow at society by making Mohankumar's women describe the sexual harassment they endured as little girls in the hands of family members themselves.Singh's description is not a fictional imagination,but a real portrayal of what was happening in different parts of country,especially in metropolitan cities.Such a cultural disintegration leading to Aids which is devouring developing counties in terrific speed is the concern of the novelist.By describing a man in company of lusty women,Singh highlights the themes of extra marital relations,incestuous sex,sexual exploitation of Dalits and minors.The sad plight awaiting those who run after promiscous life is well depicted in the tragic end of Mohan,who catching AIDS makes an attempt to suicide.
Published: July 02, 2008   
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