Here are my novel summary statements, following Sandra Scofield’s directions:
This novel is “about” what happens when a modern Indian woman tries to find her own voice in the face of caste-based family violence, pressure to accept an arranged marriage, and her own homosexuality.
This novel is “about” the right to love, regardless of caste, gender and sexual orientation.
This novel is “about” a woman’s right to be herself, no matter what.
Being true to oneself is extremely difficult, particularly in a traditional society, yet a powerful force for happiness and good.
The World of my Story
My story takes place in a semi-rural suburb of Chennai, a huge city in Tamilnadu. The protagonist and her family live in a small house next to agricultural lands but travel regularly by scooter or bus to traffic-jammed, polluted city streets. Scenes take place in and outside their small, 6 room concrete house with a roof patio and back garden. Other scenes take place at the protagonist’s law school, in a small rural village, at a police station, and at the local High Court. The protagonist lives with her elderly father, younger mother and an elderly cook. It is 2017-2018.
The Scope of my Novel
The story takes place over a period of 1 ½ years as the protagonist tries to persuade the police to re-open the honor killing case, struggles with her love for Meena, learns to stand up against an arranged marriage, participates in a lawsuit, and completes her final year of law school. Is that too much in 1.5 years? Maybe the story needs to take longer for all this to happen and for Satyam to grow so dramatically?
The rules of my Story World
Women must follow the rules and accept arranged marriage at least by their late 20s. Women should be feminine. Homosexuality is unacceptable. Lesbians don’t exist. People should marry within their caste and not marry a lower caste person. Servants are lower than their employers and can be hit it needed to keep them in their place. Outcaste people are poor, uneducated and powerless. Parents and extended family members should be respected and listened to. Times are changing; technology is fine; but family rules are changing too fast.