The unnamed narrator portrays her unexpected life and life changing decisions. She once seduced by politics, poetry and an enduring dream of building a better world together falls in love with a university professor.
She moves with him to a rain-washed coastal town, she starts to learn that the relation which she considers as a bond of love is for him a contract of ownership.
Bullying her and devouring her ambition of being a writer in the process he sets to reduce her to what he visualized in mind –an idealized version of an obedient wife. But the strong girl inside her attempts to push back which was a resistance he resolves to break with violence and rape.
‘When I Hit You’ is a smart, fierce and courageous take on traditional wedlock in modern India from the fearless young writer Meena Kandasamy. She masterfully chronicle an abusive marriage and a celebration of the invincible power of art.
Meena Kandasamy is an Indian poet, fiction writer, translator and activist who is based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu,India. Most of her works are centered on feminism and the anti-caste Caste Annihilation Movement of the contemporary Indian milieu. As of 2013, Meena has published two collections of poetry namely, Touch (2006) and Ms. Militancy (2010). Two of her poems have won accolades in all-India poetry competitions.