Meera Kosambi, Ram Ramaswamy, Madhavi Kolhatkar, Aban Mukherji
August 30, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 268 Pages - 33 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138384866 - CAT# K398810
"This book is a search for ‘the real Anandibai Joshee’ —— a search in which the readers are invited to participate."
In her short and eventful life, Anandibai Joshee, the first Indian woman to earn a medical degree, broke many stereotypes. Literate at a time when it was taboo for a girl to attend school or even ‘pick up a paper’, she was courageous, articulate, and assertive. And ambitious. Fuelled by a desire to improve the healthcare that was available to Indian women at that time, she travelled across the seas to the United States to study medicine.
Meera Kosambi’s biography of Anandibai is more than just a retelling of the life of a woman who was ahead of her times. Drawing on a host of narratives, Kosambi recovers Anandibai’s many voices that have been submerged in history — that of a conflicted feminist, a nationalist, and a reformer among others — and her engagement with the world at large.
This volume is a testament to Meera Kosambi’s commitment to social history. When she passed away in 2015, she left an incomplete manuscript that has painstakingly been put together by the editors. Drawing on archival research, including a host of Anandibai’s letters, her poems in Marathi, newspaper reports and rare photographs, this book will be of immense interest to scholars and researchers of modern Indian history, sociology, gender, and South Asian studies.
Introduction by Aban Mukherji
Part I: New Horizons
1. Early Life
2. An American Connection
3. An Indo-American Dialogue
4. The Bengal Interlude: Calcutta
5. The Bengal Interlude: Serampore
6. ‘Why Do I Go To America?’
Part II: A Passage to America
7. Crossing the Seas
8. Cultural Encounters
9. Entry into Medical College
10. Life in Philadelphia
11. A Family Reunion
12. Completing College
13. Graduation and After
Part III: The Return of the Native
14. Homeward Bound
15. The Last Flicker
16. A Death Mourned and Lives Resumed