‘Modern Women and Their Husbands’: A Rejoinder: Mrs K Kannan Menon

Translated by J Devika


[this is an earlier version of a translation that appeared in my book Her-Self, from Stree/Samya, Kolkata, 2005. For a fuller, annotated version, please refer the book]


Edattatta Rugmini Amma, or Mrs. K. Kannan Menon, the name she often used in her articles, was born in Thalasherry, North Kerala, and was the first young woman to be educated in a convent there. She was well versed in Sanskrit and Malayalam literature, and had remarkable command over English literature. She married her cousin Kappana Kannan Menon, who was a prominent figure in Nair reformism, closely associated with the formation of the Nair Service Society. Her major publications were articles in the Women’s magazine Lakshmi Bhayi, run by Vellaikkal Narayana Menon, and appeared throughout the 1910s, many of which were replies and rejoinders of remarkable force. She passed away quite young, in the 1920s.       Continue reading “‘Modern Women and Their Husbands’: A Rejoinder: Mrs K Kannan Menon”