In an MA in English literature and works as

In her
novel, The Collector’s Wife, Mitra Phukan introduced the world to
the students agitation in the 70s and 80s, the illegal migration from
Bangladesh and a full blown insurgency. Rukmini, the wife of the collector of
parbatpuri in Assam, is an MA in English literature and works as a part time
lecturer in a college there. Siddharth Bezboruah, the collector, is totally
engrossed in his work, especially tackling the problems of insurgency, protest
rallies and riots in which Rukmini’s students also take an active part. With a
good Bungalow in a beautiful location and servants for all her daily chores and
maintenance of the bungalow, Rukmini is left with not much work. Though she
tries to keep herself engaged, she misses the company and concern of her
husband. They are almost indifferent to each other. Married for ten years, they
do not have a child and that worries mother-in-law. She advises them to decide
on their family even if it is adoption. But Siddharth does not seem to have any
interest in anything that is a household matter. This neglect of Siddharth
forces Rukmini to succumb to a relation with a chance acquaintance, Manoj
Mahanta and later, to her horror, she finds that her husband has a relation
with her colleague Priyam Deka. The story continues to bring to light the riots
and its effects in general and particularly on the protagonist’s life.

Psychoanalytical
helps to analyze the total personality of a person on a rational basis with
definite results. Elementary emotions, feelings and passions are very
important. However, the causes of frustration, conflict, anxiety and agony in
social dwellings have increased due to so many economic, political and cultural
factors. Rukmini’s life explained the realities of married life, but in vain.
Her dream world had shattered and she felt depressed. She wanted to be mother
of child, but it was fated otherwise. Rukmini has an obsession for love and
concern from her husband and to become a mother of a child that drives and
forces her to succumb to a relation with Manoj. So this relation is unnatural,
unethical and unacceptable to society. 

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The
psychological problems faced by Rukmini are frustration, loneliness, conflict,
anxiety, agony, tension etc. In this novel, The
collector’s Wife Rukmini epitomizes the women’s psyche. She is a challenge
to the stereotypical character of Assamese society. Rukmini seems patience and
tolerance incarnate and sometimes uncomplaining but at the same time, she
emerges out as strong individual challenging all traditional taboos. She
doesn’t want to identify herself only as the collector’s wife. She attempts to
subvert the traditional mind set of a woman character, which is not centred
with the world of domesticity, giving birth, nurturing. But Rukmini’s boldness
against the patriarchal norms has been diminished. In spite of her married
life, somewhere she feels loneliness, ache of losing her motherhood and her own
identity.                           

The Collector’s Wife is the existential predicament of women as an individual.
Rukmini is a person who has shut herself up with
all her troubles, a childless woman, Siddharth’s silence and a stranger Manoj for
whom Rukmini is falling comes to live in Parbatpuri on a company’s sales
assignment. A critical analysis is made on the exploration of female psyche dealing with thoughts,
emotions and sensations at various level of the
inner consciousness of Rukmini and explores the reality of her life.

               

In her
novel, The Collector’s Wife, Mitra Phukan introduced the world to
the students agitation in the 70s and 80s, the illegal migration from
Bangladesh and a full blown insurgency. Rukmini, the wife of the collector of
parbatpuri in Assam, is an MA in English literature and works as a part time
lecturer in a college there. Siddharth Bezboruah, the collector, is totally
engrossed in his work, especially tackling the problems of insurgency, protest
rallies and riots in which Rukmini’s students also take an active part. With a
good Bungalow in a beautiful location and servants for all her daily chores and
maintenance of the bungalow, Rukmini is left with not much work. Though she
tries to keep herself engaged, she misses the company and concern of her
husband. They are almost indifferent to each other. Married for ten years, they
do not have a child and that worries mother-in-law. She advises them to decide
on their family even if it is adoption. But Siddharth does not seem to have any
interest in anything that is a household matter. This neglect of Siddharth
forces Rukmini to succumb to a relation with a chance acquaintance, Manoj
Mahanta and later, to her horror, she finds that her husband has a relation
with her colleague Priyam Deka. The story continues to bring to light the riots
and its effects in general and particularly on the protagonist’s life.

Psychoanalytical
helps to analyze the total personality of a person on a rational basis with
definite results. Elementary emotions, feelings and passions are very
important. However, the causes of frustration, conflict, anxiety and agony in
social dwellings have increased due to so many economic, political and cultural
factors. Rukmini’s life explained the realities of married life, but in vain.
Her dream world had shattered and she felt depressed. She wanted to be mother
of child, but it was fated otherwise. Rukmini has an obsession for love and
concern from her husband and to become a mother of a child that drives and
forces her to succumb to a relation with Manoj. So this relation is unnatural,
unethical and unacceptable to society. 

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The
psychological problems faced by Rukmini are frustration, loneliness, conflict,
anxiety, agony, tension etc. In this novel, The
collector’s Wife Rukmini epitomizes the women’s psyche. She is a challenge
to the stereotypical character of Assamese society. Rukmini seems patience and
tolerance incarnate and sometimes uncomplaining but at the same time, she
emerges out as strong individual challenging all traditional taboos. She
doesn’t want to identify herself only as the collector’s wife. She attempts to
subvert the traditional mind set of a woman character, which is not centred
with the world of domesticity, giving birth, nurturing. But Rukmini’s boldness
against the patriarchal norms has been diminished. In spite of her married
life, somewhere she feels loneliness, ache of losing her motherhood and her own
identity.                           

The Collector’s Wife is the existential predicament of women as an individual.
Rukmini is a person who has shut herself up with
all her troubles, a childless woman, Siddharth’s silence and a stranger Manoj for
whom Rukmini is falling comes to live in Parbatpuri on a company’s sales
assignment. A critical analysis is made on the exploration of female psyche dealing with thoughts,
emotions and sensations at various level of the
inner consciousness of Rukmini and explores the reality of her life.

               

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