Who is Kamala Das

Kamala Surayya (born Kamala; 31 March 1934 – 31 May 2009), popularly known by her one-time pen name Madhavikutty and married name Kamala Das, was an Indian English poet as well as a leading Malayalam author from Kerala, India. Her popularity in Kerala is based chiefly on her short stories and autobiography, while her oeuvre in English, written under the name Kamala Das, is noted for the poems and explicit autobiography. She was also a widely read columnist and wrote on diverse topics including women's issues, child care, politics among others. She was born in a Hindu Nair (Nalapat) family having royal ancestry. She converted to conservative Islam on December 11, 1999, at the age of 65 and assumed the name Kamala Surayya.

Her open and honest treatment of female sexuali...
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Kamala Das Poems

  • My Grandmother's House
    There is a house now far away where once
    I received love....... That woman died,
    The house withdrew into silence, snakes moved
    Among books, I was then too young...
  • An Introduction
    I don't know politics but I know the names
    Of those in power, and can repeat them like
    Days of week, or names of months, beginning with Nehru.
    I amIndian, very brown, born inMalabar,...
  • Annette
    Annette,
    At the dresser.
    Pale fingers over mirror-fields
    Reaping...
  • Punishment In Kindergarten
    Today the world is a little more my own.
    No need to remember the pain
    A blue-frocked woman caused, throwing
    Words at me like pots and pans, to drain...
  • Winter
    It smelt of new rains and of tender
    Shoots of plants- and its warmth was the warmth
    Of earth groping for roots... even my
    Soul, I thought, must send its roots somewhere...
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Top 10 most used topics by Kamala Das

I Love You 15 Love 15 Body 7 Mind 7 Woman 7 Summer 7 Hair 7 Sun 6 Lonely 5 Soul 5


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The Little Black Boy
 by William Blake

My mother bore me in the southern wild,
And I am black, but O! my soul is white.
White as an angel is the English child:
But I am black as if bereav'd of light.

My mother taught me underneath a tree
And sitting down before the heat of day.
She took me on her lap and kissed me,
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