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About the author:
"The author lives in North Kolkata with her husband Arpan and their dog Max. She loves traveling. Traveling is a true adventure. She enjoys cooking and gardening. She is an MBA Graduate from ICFAI, University of Delhi. She is currently working as an HR Manager with US-based IT Company. Besides being a story listener, she does freelance writing for MNC websites. She strongly believes that storytelling is a powerful way of reaching our lives in the world. She thinks it’s terribly fortunate being a writer how people could make other people laugh or cry by their story.
What inspired you to write your book?
Since a teenager, I was determined to become a writer. The best reason I wanted to become an author is because I am very passionate about writing and I want to share the true beauty of my community which has never been explored. Certainly, there is an inspiring story of a people living in small towns, villages that can relate to the situation and challenges they face every day. I would love to share about the dance, values, rituals, the culture and the people I observed as simplest in the planet.
I belong to the Santal community. Most people know us by Adivasi. People in cities call us Anglo Indian because we are majorly Christian. The place I was born, Kokrajhar, is widely known since the 1996 riots between Bodo and Santal communities. It’s been decades the riots have ended but the system is still controlled by Bodo communities. Government Offices, Banks, District Court, and all the municipal corporations are run by the tribe. Besides this place is one of the most unexplored regions in India.
The beautiful villages have their own advantages and disadvantages like any other place have. There is no opportunity for higher studies and no career; there are no industries or MNC or good hospitals. In case of any medical emergency, you are certain to die. For the smallest of things required people rush to a nearby town. But no wonder the breathtaking views of a small valley, the tiny streams, and the endless verdant and the distinct culture of the different tribe are remarkable besides never-ending darkness at night. Despite being scared to death every nightlife is full of true adventure.
I have grown up watching Doordarshan Channel every Sunday evening show of Adivasi dance, culture, a tradition they showcase. I agree it was there in the 1960s and like Indian Cinema but I wonder which corner of Santal have still the same. It’s unfamiliar.
I wonder why they have to highlight or indicate the indifference of our community; it should be an equal opportunity. In this generation, if you look around the world you will see our community who owns houses in cities, living a good life, earning good money and having luxuries lifestyle. Why the world is busy showing the poverty of our communities instead of giving us the opportunity to grow and develop? So I am determined to make a difference, to bring change the way people think about the community. I will share
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the struggles, happiness, and sorrows that common people experience in daily life.
Here is a short sample from the book:
Sometimes it takes years to realize your fantasy world doesn’t exist but still in the back of your mind you still believe it may. What will she do now, choose her new self or will go with her old love?"