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Description- Manto stays with the theme of the good-hearted prostitute who is exploited both materially and emotionally by the men in her life. Sugandhi is a prostitute who craves love and approbation from men for being a good person.

Consequently, She too spends her earning on her lover, Madho, who, while benefiting fully from it, is given to sanctimonious and husband-like speeches on how she needs to give up trade. The narrative unfolds around a single incident that take place when Sugandhi’s pimp, Ramlal, wakes her up in the middle of the night to take her to a customer waiting in a motor car.

When she reaches the car, the customer shines a flashlight in her face, makes a dissatisfied grunt and drives off. The pimp tells her that she has failed to make the grade with this gentleman. The insult which Sugandhi experiences from this rejection precipitates a crisis that has been simmering inside her for a while Sugandhi feels a growing void within and without – ‘and all around her there was a frightening silence- a silence that she had never felt experienced before’.

It is with this void that the story leaves her,; a zero that she tried to fill, but in vain, and her brain a sieve through which thoughts enter and leave. In the closing simile, Sugandhi likens herself to a ‘train filled with passengers that, after off-loading the, now stands alone in an iron shed.

 

Date- 9 Feb

Time- 7:00 Pm

Venue- Akshara Theatre: Delhi,
Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Near Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Delhi, NCR 110001, India