Women and their decisions in Anita Nair’s novel "lessons in forgetting"
J Revathy, Dr. P Suresh
Life skill is a skill that is necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. There are set of human skills acquired by us in our day to day life via learning and experiencing various challenges and unpredictable situations in life. In the life skills, 'Decision - making' stands as the foremost skill as per WHO which is identified by 'Delphi Method'. In psychology, decision-making is regarded as the cognitive process resulting in the selection of a belief or a course of action among several alternative possibilities. Every decision-making process produces a final choice, which may or may not prompt action. Decision-making is the process of identifying and choosing alternatives based on the values and preferences of the decision-maker. In today's scenario 'decision making' being an important skill, lacks in many women. Due to this lack of ability, they tend to suffer in their personal as well as societal life. So, the quest for the reasons of wrong decisions, the remedies for their flaws and the ways of rectifications are explored from the woman characters like Meera (protagonist), Smriti, Kala, Nayantara, Vinnie, Nina and Chinnathayi in the renowned writer Anita Nair's fourth novel Lessons in Forgetting (2010). She is one of the highest-flying modern Indian writers with international reputation. Her novels express the need for emancipation, education and decision making of women. Thereby, Anitha Nair’s novel Lessons of Forgetting is placed in discussion to get a better understanding of the present topic “decision making in women”.