PLOT NUMBER TWO
AN UNDERGRADUATE LITERARY JOURNAL

THE WOMEN'S COURTYARD : Khadija Mastur


The Women’s Courtyard   is circumscribed by the borders of the courtyard, both in action and worldview. Situated in the turbulent – and significant – decade of the 1940s, it provides an inverted perspective on the Partition; Aliya’s aangan, or courtyard, is removed from what might be expected of a partition novel: it contains little, for example, of blood and violence, rape, genocide or murder. The Women’s Courtyard is conspicuously empty of the political ponderings and large national questions that played out, typically, in the arenas of men. Instead, it gives expression to the preoccupations of the women in the courtyard, fighting different battles with loud voices.