“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” - Nora Ephron Contemporary women value individualism and persist to safeguard it. The sensitively apprehensive, socially vibrant surroundings often turn out to be lethal to the establishment and progress of strong interpersonal relationships. Deprived of a sense of individuality the majority of women feel psychologically debilitated to face life. Unable to resist the assault of the external world, they waft towards solitude, seclusion, obsession, or death. Female marginality, psychic and spiritual despondency, wrecked marital relationships, concealed sexuality or the disillusioned endeavors of establishing individualism are some of the tribulations touched upon by women writers like Anita Desai.