Subarnalata lived a long time ago.\nMainly in the imagination of the author \u2013 but nevertheless, she did live.\nHer life was probably borrowed from the author Ashapurna Debi\u2019s own experience in one way or another. And her life touched mine.\nAll the physicists, who say that for entities to interact, the world lines must meet [i.e. their paths must cross in both time and space] are wrong.\u00a0 Completely wrong.\nI interacted with Subarnalata almost as really as if she were a human being living right next door.\nShe lived in the some place in Bengal in the early 1900s and I began my journey in Bombay only in the second half of the century and did not venture into Bengal until I was 25 years old.\nClearly too late to have crossed paths with her and met her, had she actually lived.\nThe thing that attracted me to Subarna was the simplicity of her desires.\nIn her life as a newly married little girl, all she desired with her entire being \u2013 was a balcony in the family house that was being built.\nHer husband promised her that just to keep her silent and then reneged on that promise. His reasons were many \u2013 ranging from an inability to voice an opinion to his mother\u00a0 to his aggressive possessiveness as a result of which he believed that she only wanted the balcony to \u2018display\u2019 herself to other men.\nNo balcony, no terrace and certainly no going outdoors was allowed to her.\nAll she wanted was a view of the sky.\nSuch a simple desire. So little to ask for.\n\u00a0\n\nI met Subarna and lamented the tragedy of her unfulfilled wish when I began reading the book a few months ago.\nEver since, every time I sit at any of my balconies reflecting or enjoy\u00a0 long afternoons of cloud-watching, I always think of her and wish I could share this with this girl -woman that I love like a daughter! All my balconies and windows and terraces are now dedicated to dear Subarna but they are of little use to her now \u2013 for she is dead \u2013 even if she never lived. Nevertheless, my dedication stands.\nWho knows how many girls are denied this even in today\u2019s world. And as in Subarna\u2019s case, the window and the balcony were analogies for greater things.\nIf only I could visit the past, enter her reality and gift her all her freedoms!\nBut I will have to calm myself with mere gratitude for gifts of circumstance that I did not know I had until I peeped into her deprived world.\n\u00a0\njm\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post Homage to Subarnalata appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.