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Bridges is a saga of three generations of upper caste Tamil women. The novel gives the reader rare glimpses into customs and traditions typical of each period it covers – with an unjaundiced eye, great attention to detail, compassion and humour.The women in Bridges – the central figures in the novel – are quite often strong characters. Even the orthodox widow of the early part of the 20th century, with her blind acceptance of hidebound belief systems and rituals, emerges as a personality in her own right, a sense of duty and devotion to family underlying her every action. Each succeeding generation of women is stronger and more emancipated than the previous one.The story spans nearly a century and although its women have different life experiences, the leitmotif is the strength that runs through all of them, making each react with courage and dignity to whatever life offers. The men too provide an interesting mix of characters, each a product of his time and milieu. In the process of telling this compelling family history, Sivasankari succeeds in capturing the many nuances of the lifestyles of the times.