Rama Mehta
BornRama Mehta

Rama Mehta (1923–1978) was an Indian sociologist and writer who is remembered above all for her novel Inside the Haveli (1977). It depicts the conflict between tradition and modern life faced by women belonging to the middle and upper classes, no doubt reflecting the experience of the author herself.[1][2] The book won the Sahitya Akademi Award for English-language works in 1979.[3]

Her earlier works include Ramu, A Story of India (1966) and The Life of Keshaw (1969). Both emphasize the importance of education for boys. Ramu does not appreciate the sacrifices his parents have made for him until he sees their heartfelt disappointment after he misses a day at school in order to go to the fair.[4]

Mehta's critical essay The Western Educated Hindu Woman (1970) describes the contrast between women in their twenties at the time of independence who were well educated and spoke English and their mothers who spoke no English and remained devout Hindus bent on maintaining traditions.[5] Her The Hindu Divorced Woman (1975) brings out the disadvantages of a woman's acceptance of divorce which she may well live to regret.[6]


  1. ^ "Indian English Literature" (PDF). Shivaji University, Kolhapur. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  2. ^ Antonia Navarro-Tejero. "Modern Indian Women Writers in English". Literature Study Online. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  3. ^ Writing the Female: Akademi Awarded Novels in English. Sarup & Sons. 1 January 2004. pp. 91–. ISBN 978-81-7625-498-4.
  4. ^ Meema G. Khorana. "Break Your Silence: A Call to Asian Indian Children's Writers" (PDF). Library Trends: Winter 1993. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  5. ^ Carroll, Berenice A. (1976). Liberating Women's History: Theoretical and Critical Essays. University of Illinois Press. pp. 196–. ISBN 978-0-252-00569-5.
  6. ^ Menski, Werner (16 December 2013). Modern Indian Family Law. Routledge. pp. 69–. ISBN 978-1-136-83985-6.