Fantine #atozchallenge


Fantine is a fictional character created by Victor Hugo, in his 1862 novel Les Miserables. She’s a factory worker, and becomes a reluctant prostitute to cater to the needs of her daughter, Cosette.

She is pretty, innocent and naïve orphan at first, but is forced by circumstances to sell her hair and teeth and become a prostitute. In the process she loses her beauty and her health, but proves to be a good mother. But unknown to her the fraudulent caretakers of Cosette extorted money from her for themselves. After Fantine’s untimely death, Cosette is rescued and raised by Valjean, the main protagonist of this tale.

Les Miserables is a long story. An epic tale spanning years. I have not read the book but I really liked the movie. It vividly shows the beauty of poetry and expression of various feelings through the verses. I love the words, the rhythm, and the rhyme. It feels poetic way of conversing is the only natural way; talking and prose just corrupt it. That’s why we learn nursery rhymes and songs and remember it almost our whole lives.

This story, set in the backdrop of the French Revolution is meant to be remembered by people, make an impact and be in their living memories. And it completely achieves its aim.


Queeristan by Parmesh Sahani

  Queeristan (Amazon Link) Thanks to Audible Free Trial I listened to this amazing non-fiction on LGBTQ inclusion in Indian workplaces. Author Parmesh Sahani identifies as gay Indian, working closely with Godrej higher management and employees for years to create an inclusive workplace, both legally and in spirit. This book is a result of those years of experience, research, collaboration with individuals from difference spectrum of the society and organizations who has successfully transitioned into a queer friendly one.   Indian history is inclusive. From the Khajuraho temple architectures, to Konark to the Rig Veda, there is existing proofs even 2000 years ago of Indian inclusiveness of queer. It’s the draconian British law that criminalised it, which was scraped in 2009, came into effect once again following a sad judgement in 2013 and eventually was scraped off for good in 2018. I am in awe of the lawyers who fought this legal battle- colleagues and partners – Arundhati Katju

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