My Own Witness

woman.bmpMrinal Pande’s book ‘My Own Witness’ takes us to that realm of fiction which is wholly believable and yet moving. In her book she suggests that vernacular media persons are passed over in favour of their English counterparts even when they are as good as if not better than the latter. As she puts it aptly in the book- “Language segregates society and it is the single most important cause of communalism”

Through ‘Krishna’ ,the protagonist she describes her struggle to reach the pinnacle of her profession and simultaneously brings out the irony that our country is being ruled by petty, English speaking elite who are often out of sync with the reality i.e. Bharatvarsha.

The author has showcased Krishna as quite a dominating character in spite of her being a female. Though there are many other characters, none of them channelize Krishna’s directions against her own will except her mother who does seem to have a little influence.

“None of us were born perfect parents”, This piece from the narrative quite vividly brings out Krishna’s admission of not being able to handle her parenthood well, although she excelled professionally.

Another very prominent feature about the book is the style of writing and the language used. The author has crafted and nested incidents using crude and harsh language at times which has added to the flavour of her narrative. While the end seems to be endless.

A few lines that I came across bring out the essence of this remarkable book.

I’m thinking

Leave me alone

I’m thinking

I do best on my own


I need to make


I can’t take suggestion

Please don’t say

Leave me alone

I’ll be O.K.

The answers lay only within


I just need to take that first step

Choices appear,Chances I fear,

My thinking sometimes is not very clear

Change is good

If only I could

I am “My own witness”

And I know that I should

It is all for the better

For my own good

Decisions to make

Responsibility to take

I’m thinking

Leave me alone

I do best on my own..

Meghna Baveja