Meena Kandasamy

(1984 - / Chennai / India)

Meena Kandasamy
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Meena Kandasamy is an emerging poet, fiction writer, translator and activist. She is based in Chennai.

Her first book, Touch, was published in 2006. Two of her poems have won prizes in all-India poetry competitions. Her poetry has been published in various journals, including The Little Magazine, Kavya Bharati, Indian Horizons, Muse India and the Quarterly Literary Review, Singapore. She edited The Dalit, a bi-monthly alternative English magazine of the Dalit Media Network in its first year of publication from 2001 to 2002.

Kandasamy’s translations include the writings and speeches of Thol. Thirumavalavan, leader of Viduthalai Chiruthaigal or the Dalit Panthers of India... more »

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  • Rajnish Manga (2/20/2020 1:47:00 AM)

    I have read a couple of poems written by Meena Kandasamy and was impressed by the force with which she has treated her subjects- some of which are considered taboo in our society. She represents the woman of today- bold, expressive, demanding parity with men and dignity of a normal human being. She stands against oppression.

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  • Madhuri naringrekar (3/9/2019 2:03:00 AM)

    Can I get the meaning of your poem

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  • Basvaraja (10/15/2018 9:36:00 PM)

    Wonderfull.the .pores.your.meena .kannadasmay

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (4/2/2018 9:03:00 AM)

    Dear Meena, I felt a great sisterhood in you the moment I went through your poem.
    I wish a very long poetic life ahead, which will keep the world of women aware of their power, their weakness and the will.

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  • Tharani Appuswamy (2/2/2014 11:54:00 AM)

    Being born in a community likely regarded as the so called upper caste Hindus I may not be able to empathize with the plight of those who were unprivileged and were born 'outcasts'. i may not even wholly be able to comprehend their anger, agitation and vulnerability. But as a woman regardless of any community/caste that has been connived to be endowed upon me through hereditary, I too belong to a sect 'marginalized and discriminated'. and i really do believe that every exploitation that births itself by losing humanity finds refugee through corruption; corruption in every field, be it politics, education, or any reputable professions (beginning with drainage cleaners) . Miss Meena's agitation demands an immediate solution and i believe it would be answered only through annihilation of exploitations beginning with corruption. Lets not be hideous when it comes to revealing how the world really works! Ofcourse the world is not fair and square! ! ! Yes corruption in every class, caste, community, race and gender. Money smiles in each and everyone's life; and it smiles brighter upon those who bribe. The ultimate truth though!

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  • Ravindran Govindaraju (6/19/2013 4:45:00 AM)

    incredible.quintessential;
    of course You saw the secret. Discovered the Hidden. versatile.
    You are one of the full many flower born to blush and seen.
    I am proud of you. Now I am not abashed to share for being one among st You. Believe me you are good influencer. God bless you. Kindly keep going.(Article May 2013, India Today 'Woman', page 29 nicely portrays You..)

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  • Siyad Kasim (12/5/2012 6:56:00 AM)

    Miss Meena, Your boldness, courage, and strength, remembering me as Kamaladas, you are a Little Kamaladas,

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Best Poem of Meena Kandasamy

Apologies For Living On

I am living on
because providing apologies is easy

once—

i was making choices
with insanely safe ideas of
fleeing-madly-and-flying-away

i was a helpless girl
against the brutal world of
bottom-patting-and-breast-pinching

i was craving for security
the kind i had only known while
aimlessly-afloat-and-speculating-in-the-womb

now—

i am locked away
a terrified princess waiting
for-death-and-not-any-brave-prince

i don’t dream or think
i just remember and ...

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