FEMALE CHARACTERS IN SELECTED SHORT STORIES OF SYED ABDUL MALIK: AN ANALYSIS

Archana Konwar
Assistant Professor, Department of Assamese,
Chandra Kamal Bezbaruah College, Teok, Jorhat, Assam, India
and
Uttam Boruah
Assistant Professor, Department of English,
Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Adarsha Mahavidyalaya, Behali, Assam, India

Abstract
By writing a large number of Assamese short stories, Syed Abdul Malik elevates himself to a position not easily attainable. Therefore, some critics honour him with the title, “Emperor of Assamese Short Stories”. In his writings, we find vividness of emotion and maturity of description of woman mind. These characters can be divided into different types- townswomen, women from the villages and middle class women. This paper seeks to analyse a few noticeable female characters from a few significant short stories of Malik. To accomplish this purpose, both primary and secondary data have been used.

Key words: Post-war Era, Emperor of Short Stories, Female characters

1.   Introduction

Syed Abdul Malik, who came into prominence as a short story writer in the Awahan Era, is also regarded as one of the best short story writers of Post-war Era. He enriched the granary of Assamese literature by creating an empire of his writings- sixty eight novels, twenty one short story collections, near about two thousand short stories, thirteen stage and radio plays and documentaries, two books of humorous writings, two anthologies of poems, three travelogues, five books for children and many research articles. Especially, he has written more stories than any other Assamese litterateurs. Thus by writing a large number of short stories, Syed Abdul Malik elevates himself to a position not easily attainable. Therefore, some critics honour him with the title, “Emperor of Assamese Short Stories”. In his writings, we find vividness of emotion and maturity of description of woman mind. These characters can be divided into different types- townswomen, women from the villages, middle class women and so on.

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