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Author(s): Ab. Majeed Dar

Journal: The Dawn Journal
ISSN 2277-1786

Volume: 02;
Issue: 02;
Start page: 638;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Rape | Identity | Sacrifice | rape-trauma | love-life broken family etc

Tiger Hills as the title of the novel reflects a typical place wherein only Tiger (Male) can rule. It is a geographical as well as a dreamscape of Adam where Eve is, but forbidden to Trespass. It is published by Phoenix, Orion Books Ltd 2010 with its first sentence as, “Muthavva knew her seventh child was special, had known from the very day of her birth, the day of the herons.” (p-1) It is an unusual story of a village girl raped by her friend, she eventually loses her childhood love, Machu and that grief shatters her life. Through her artistic sensibilities Mandanna depicts the inner sufferings of Devi, the protagonist. Keeping aside her marriage, Devi fights the trauma of rape and her lost love. She represents undaunted courage to establish herself in business, family and society. Devi voices her resentment to Devanna through the medium of her incessant hard labour and establishing herself as the ‘Coffee Queen’, fighting against all odds. Sarita Mandanna uplifts Devi from all adversities and makes her fight not to get lost in isolation and stagnation after the rape. In fact, she fights for her identity and emphasizes her presence with a bang. Tiger Hills explores the connections between fortitude and acceptance, the choices we make in the aftermath of coincidence and their far-reaching impact. Determined not to be victimized, Devi fights for her existence and happiness the best she can. She isn't always easy to like and makes some decisions that are far from right. As she forges a life for herself within the parameters decided for her, Devi hardens to such an extent that she becomes wedded to a version of happiness rooted in memory to ever become real.
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