"The barricades that block women writers and their path " was discussed at its length and breadth at MBIFL. Writer Indu Menon stated that domestic responsibilities and unbroken emotional attachment to family hinders women writers from writing more . When the child calls for the mother , the woman writer can't ignore it and continue with creativity. Domestic help is no replacement for the woman of the house so only if a wife is given ,she could continue to write without stopping.
Though the quantity of women writers' work would be less compared to that of men , the quality of writing is never compromised.
Writers Sithara, Indu Menon and K Rekha were the panelists at the discussion. Shemin Sayed was the moderator.
The constant gender discrimination in writing that she had to undergo from the young age of 16, writer Indu Menon affirmed that women need to be understood more by society. Born and brought up in a remote village , her first published story 'lesbian cow ' gave the writer the label of being a lesbian whereas only the undertone of the story was lesbianism. She observed that men can write about any topic and that they don't need to explain thereafter.
Indu Menon added that, to maintain peace and harmony at home and for the people whom you care for , it's is better to stay safe. She challenged that if she is given a peaceful and undisturbed time to write , she will sit in Kerala and produce writing that would equate to writer Marquez .
"Women writers not only write about women. They deal with other topics and voice out their political ideology. " said writer Sithara . She added that there is a trend in the society to not to accept women writers .Politics and religion are considered to be untouchable topics for women.
Writer Rekha voiced out that the acceptance of women writers have changed over the years and that we have reached a stage where they are widely read.
She decided to take up journalism since she thought that the journalistic experience would help her to get more exposure to realistic and varied experience s which would expand her writing world .
Though eighteen years of her journalistic career didn't help her much in expanding her world of writing , a news is the thread for her much acclaimed short story 'nalkkali '.
The session concluded throwing light on the fact that women writers need more favourable atmosphere in the domestic and societal front to bring out their best in writing.