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July 1945

Savitri is sitting in the posture of a “Sadhu.” Her eyes look sleepy. Perhaps she is meditating, her gaze turned inwards. But more likely she is just tired and depressed. In October 1944, when she concluded that Germany’s defeat was inevitable, Savitri left Calcutta on a long pilgrimage around India visiting temples and monuments and trying to avoid news of the war. She heard of Germany’s capitulation in June of 1945, three weeks after the event. Profoundly depressed, she attempted suicide by walking into the Indian Ocean on the beach at Varkala on the Malabar Coast, but she changed her mind at the last minute. She arrived back in Calcutta at the beginning of July 1945 and threw herself into writing a new book, Impeachment of Man.