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Shashi Despande is one of the major writers of contemporary India who trace woman’s journey from self –effacement to self actualization1. As an Indian novelist writing in English Shashi Despande’s reputation has been on the rise. Her novel The Dark Holds No Terrors2 has also received major awards. She has domestic and international readers. The presentation of women in her writing is realistic. She presents a realistic image of woman in her writings. Social fabric of India forms the bases of her novel. The Dark Holds No Terrors2 is an extension of her short story.
In Sagar-aswathi Thandakamalla’s3 words the novel displays the trauma of a girl child who has suffered the bullying and curtailment of activity by her mother. The Dark Holds No Terrors2 is a tremendously powerful depiction of a single women’s fight for survival in a world that has no easy options.
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