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The Eminently Forgettable Life Of Mrs Pankajam

 | Book Awards 2022 | English Fiction

The Eminently Forgettable Life Of Mrs Pankajam

Mrs Pankajam has always lived two lives: one a life of desires and observations buried as secrets and memories in the mind, and the other a life of ordinary fulfilment in her experiences of living in Chennai as a wife to her husband and a mother to her two daughters. When Mrs Pankajam starts to battle with memory loss, her doctor recommends she keep a diary to maintain a semblance of continuity in life events. At first, she is reluctant, but as she sets pen to paper recording unexpected travel, marriages, illnesses and death, Mrs Pankajam’s experience of self heightens, until she must confront her beliefs about the world and ask herself questions she never dreamt of asking. What will she discover about herself that will completely change a life lived in retrospect?

Full Title: The Eminently Forgettable Life Of Mrs Pankajam

Author: Meera Rajagopalan
Publisher: Hachette India

Award Category: English Fiction
About the Book: 

Fated to do and to die,

only to remember,

then forget -

why try?

Mrs S. Pankajam has always lived two lives: one of ordinary fulfilment in her experiences as a wife to her husband and a mother to her two daughters, and the other a life of desires and observations that only her mind is privy to.

When Mrs Pankajam starts losing her memory, her doctor recommends she keep a diary to maintain a semblance of continuity in life events. At first, Mrs Pankajam is reluctant. What is so spectacular about her life that warrants its story being recorded, she wonders. But as she sets pen to paper, meticulously documenting her daughters' unexpected eccentricities, the chance discovery of her husband's hidden side and guilty admission to indulgent illnesses, she finds her childhood persistently wrestling into the present as a marked reminder of a past she cannot run away from.

Now, Mrs Pankajam must discover herself anew, confronting her long-held beliefs about the world, ask herself questions she thought she had left far behind and make amends while still possible.


About the Author: 

Meera Rajagopalan is a writer based in Chennai. She sunlights as a communications consultant for the development sector. Her fiction tends to veer around issues of identity and has appeared in several anthologies, including The Helter Skelter Anthology of New Writing Vol. 6, and was the winning entry in Amaryllis's Have a Safe Journey anthology.


Excerpt: 

Fated to do and to die,

only to remember,

then forget -

why try?

Mrs S. Pankajam has always lived two lives: one of ordinary fulfilment in her experiences as a wife to her husband and a mother to her two daughters, and the other a life of desires and observations that only her mind is privy to.

When Mrs Pankajam starts losing her memory, her doctor recommends she keep a diary to maintain a semblance of continuity in life events. At first, Mrs Pankajam is reluctant. What is so spectacular about her life that warrants its story being recorded, she wonders. But as she sets pen to paper, meticulously documenting her daughters' unexpected eccentricities, the chance discovery of her husband's hidden side and guilty admission to indulgent illnesses, she finds her childhood persistently wrestling into the present as a marked reminder of a past she cannot run away from.

Now, Mrs Pankajam must discover herself anew, confronting her long-held beliefs about the world, ask herself questions she thought she had left far behind and make amends while still possible.


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