THE DYNAMICS BETWEEN MAN AND WOMAN IN ANITA NAIR’S NOVELS
Relationships are the basis of life. It is the underlying factor on which every institution sustains and flourishes. The way one communicates, interacts, mingles and works determines the dynamics of relationship between man and woman and the manner in which roles swap and switch over between them is dealt with in the bestselling novels of Anita Nair. Masculinity and femininity are a set of behaviours and attributes associated with men and women respectively. Masculinity is not limited to men and neither is femininity an exclusive domain of women. These traits are not to be associated with gender but depend on the character or the role an individual plays and the situation that compels him or her to enact that particular role. A man’s masculinity is only a little over a half and the rest of his consort is femininity; a female is of the same composition as of a man, femaleness, (not femininity) if only an over half and the remaining in her is masculinity. To be a balanced and a better human being one should possess both masculine and feminine traits. The relationships an individual maintains and the roles enacted, forms the basis of living and the basis of success: a complete human being. The paper explores the popular novels of Anita Nair and attempts to unveil the inner state of mind of the various characters, the traits that they possess, their reaction to different situations, and the conditions that urge them, to transform themselves into a different person.