The Bridal Pyre – Nainam Dahati Pavakah – Book Review

According to a very regressive Indian saying, a married woman who leaves her father’s house in a doli, should only come back in an arthi. What this means is that once married, a woman should never return to her parents’ house and that she shall leave her matrimonial home only in the event of her death. Probably this saying is taken much too literally when a woman escapes to her parents’ home in a battered state, after being dragged through hell by her husband and in-laws.

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