Spotlight: Otherness by De B Dubois # TheBookClub

 

OTHERNESS: SOULS OF BROWN WOMEN
by
De.B. Dubois
 
 
 
Blurb
 
Who is the brown woman? How does she live defined almost solely by her skin colour and all the history it carries? How do we carry racism deep within us even when we think we don’t? These are questions that require deep thought and reflection, and that’s what Otherness encourages us to do. In a world increasingly divided along the lines of colour, despite its apparent modernity, here’s a hard look at the realities that lurk within us, both as individuals and as a society.
 
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Who is the brown woman? How does she live defined almost solely by her skin colour and all the history it carries? How do we carry racism deep within us even when we think we don’t? These are questions that require deep thought and reflection, and that’s what Otherness encourages us to do. In a world increasingly divided along the lines of colour, despite its apparent modernity, here’s a hard look at the realities that lurk within us, both as individuals and as a society.
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De.B. Dubois is an Indian-born-Swiss visual artist and feminist writer. She grew up in Calcutta until she stepped out to explore the world by herself. Debolina Dubois-Bandyopadhyay, better known as De.B. Dubois is licensed with International Degrees in Communication Arts and Cultural Studies, as she extended her Fine Arts and Design education in Mumbai, Sydney, Basel and Paris. She is titled with a Master of Arts FHNW in Design from Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Basel, with special emphasis on Design Culture, Design Research and Sociology. This apart, she enjoys long walks through nature trails, a good glass of absinthe from Val-de-Travers, and creating visual arts.

 

 

 

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Guest Post by Sujata Rajpal #TheBookClubTours #blogtour

Hello! Today I have Sujata Rajpal author of The Other End of The Corridor at my blog to share some of her views. This is the question that I asked her and below is her response.

Through this book, what message do you want to give today’s women to inspire them?

When I started writing this book, there was no deliberate intention to write an inspirational book. I wanted to pen down a story that had been simmering inside me for quite a while. The fact that my debut book The Other End of the Corridor is an inspirational book was brought home to me when while delivering a speech on Women Empowerment at a Rotary event, someone from the audience posed a question ‘What is my contribution to the world towards women empowerment?’ my spontaneous answer was ‘I have written a book about how a battered woman deals with life situations and triumphs’. The answer was very well received.

Every book has a message however subtle it is. It is up to us what we want to take from the book. I hadn’t thought about making my book an inspirational one but I wanted to end the story on a positive note as piggybacking on hope, one can surmount all roadblocks in life. Though the protagonist is a woman, I have more men readers than women. The message is not only for women alone but for everyone.

Stay resilient on your dreams. There is nothing that can stop you if you are persistent enough to chase your dreams until you realize them. The opportunities to better our lives in one way or the other are all around us. It is up to us to identify them and make use of them. If we are too busy thinking only about our worries, the opportunities will just pass by us. My protagonist Leela had only one point agenda in her life, she wants to become a radio jockey and become famous. She is so steadfast on her dreams that she wants everything in her life to lead to her goal.

Your life doesn’t change on its own, you have to make an effort to change it. If you keep doing the same thing in the same manner, the results wouldn’t be any different. For many years, Leela waited for things to change on their own for the better, she hoped, she prayed, she cried but nothing happened but the day she realized that her life would change only if she took control of her life, it changed.

It was a high moment for me when one of my readers told me that her life story was similar to Leela’s but after reading my book, she thought if Leela can turn around her life, why can’t she do it and, in her own words, her life changed to a certain extent. The feeling of exhilaration I felt at that moment is unexplainable. All the efforts that I had put, every hour of sleep sacrificed, every tear that I shed in giving birth to this book was worth it. The purpose of this book is served if it can change the life of even one person.

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Thank you, Sujata.

You are so right in saying that no one can turn your life around but yourself. Today, coincidentally, I was reading this post on rebooting your life. At some point, we might feel that we have missed chasing some of our goals. The missing feeling will not go away until we take some action to improve the situation. At the usual pace, we may not be able to fit our new purposes. That’s when we need to take stock and reboot or reschedule our routine. If you want to learn to dance, you may have to give up your gossip hour. Or if you want to write, you may have to give up your channel surfing time. In any case, as Sujata has said, it’s upto us to make the change. Big or small, every change needs effort and in proportion to how much we want it, we will have to apply that effort.

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The Other End of the Corridor 
by 
Sujata Rajpal 


Blurb 

When your dreams are tainted with lies and deceit, you have no other choice but to walk to the other end of the corridor.
Leela has nothing extraordinary about her except the dream to become famous. Her desires take wings when she gets married to a handsome boy from a respectable family in Delhi. But her dreams are shattered even before they have a chance to take flight.
She happens to meet two friends from a long forgotten past, which infuses hope and opens new avenues to realize her dormant aspirations.
Leela delves into previously unexplored paths of deception and forbidden passions that only make her stronger.
In an attempt to rediscover herself, she falls in love with life and with herself but her life takes a sudden turn again…
No matter what, Leela will continue to chase her dreams.
Where does this journey take her?
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Excerpt
“The corridor, I was walking down didn’t have a trace of illumination. I couldn’t see the other end. But I kept moving and now, I realize that more than the light, you need the determination to keep moving, keep struggling for your dreams, for your existence, for your survival.”
I had lived in a dream world all my life, always blaming the circumstances for my own weaknesses. I could never gather courage to stand up to circumstances. For how long would I keep blaming others for my own shortcomings. And for how long would I keep dreaming- my dreams never aligned with the real world; my dreams and real life never converged at any point. ‘I definitely had experience but only in building castles in the air.’
About the Author 
Author’s profile :Sujata Rajpal is a Corporate Communication & PR professional turned a full-time author. She holds an MPhil degree in Economics and has studied Mass Communication from Panjab University, Chandigarh. She also writes articles and short stories for publications and journals. Sujata is a yoga enthusiast and enjoys being a Toastmaster. She currently lives in Mysore.
The Other End of the Corridor is her first novel.

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#Review Breach by Amrita Chowdhury

Breach is the second book by Amrita Chowdhury.

This is definitely a book worth reading – for its intensive look into how hacking can operate in diverse regions of the world ranging from the hi-tech US firm to the savvy young gen in India to kids in the metro slums.

That said, I’d describe this book as a collage. You get the theme but otherwise you get snapshots of characters, scenes and events, some of which are hidden from view and some in such a way that you can’t decipher them at all.
The content was brilliant, the research extremely meticulous. When it comes to readability however, it scores low.
There were many things which felt just unreal. For example: one of the characters going into a room and identifying the odor of marijuana. We have no cause to believe he should be able to identify it. Similarly, the girl trusting the boy, even though he hacked her phone. Veer turning off Tracey even though she came to India for him, Sandman sending off that fatal email etc. We have a lot of characters behaving uncharacteristically but not enough justifying motivation for their actions. Even the media not making a to-do about the perpetrator was a bit too convenient for the story. Is media that blind as not to give credit where due? Maybe it was a personal take but I for one needed to be convinced more about motivations of the characters. People are fallible. I can understand the sub-context of human foibles and in fact even happy that the author’s writing gave me an opportunity to think about it. But despite that –maybe because of the sketchy method of writing – I was left wondering if all that was plausible?

Talking about Vir –actually I don’t want to. I didn’t like him at all! There’s a difference between being human and full of faults –we all are – and being a self centered egoist. He just crossed all lines. How could he see himself as a victim after he ignored Tracey despite her effort in coming all the way to and even trying to settle in India. She even went to meet his parents alone. Behind her back, he was mooning for Diti, his old infatuation and didn’t once have a thought how nice it was of Tracey or feel a smidgen of regret for his hypocritical behavior. He pleads work when he ignores her, then ignores work to chase after Diti. All the time he doesn’t feel bad in the slightest for how he has mistreated Tracey.

You cannot read this book without being filled with admiration for the extent of the author’s knowledge and efforts. However, more effort in making the writing easy and accessible to understanding, at least by the editorial, if not by the author, would have really increased interest in the story. There were too many champagne drinking and hacking scenes to set up the story and less number of scenes in which the actual action took place, leading to a feeling of improper closure. As it was, at the end, I felt I had worked as hard in reading this book as the author had in writing it.

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Breach 
by 
Amrita Chowdhury
The Blurb


How secure are your secrets in the virtual world?  Weeks before pharma-giant Acel is ready to file a global patent application for cancer wonder-drug Colare, its offshore data centre in Mumbai is hacked. The charismatic, young leader of its Indian business, Dr Udai Vir Dhingra, finds himself being blamed for negligence and breach of security. Battling market pressures, media scrutiny, livid American bosses and crumbling relationships, Vir must find the perpetrators, or see his career – and his life – spiral downwards. But the deeper he gets dragged into the shadowy world of masked online identities and muddied digital footprints, the more Vir discovers that nothing is easy or obvious, and everything has a price. Set across Mumbai, Washington and Guangzhou, Breach is a compelling and edgy cyber thriller that explores the dark and dangerous underbelly of our increasingly virtual existence


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Amrita Verma Chowdhury is the author of Faking It, an art crime thriller about fake modern and contemporary Indian art.
She holds engineering degrees from IIT Kanpur and UC Berkeley, where she was a Jane Lewis Fellow, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon (Tepper Business School). Her work as an engineer in Silicon Valley led to seven US patents for semi-conductor fabrication – something to show for those bad-haired days. She has done Strategy Consulting and Board Effectiveness work in the US and Australia and has spent long nights fitting five-syllable words inside two-by-two squares. She has worked in the rarefied bastions of Ivy League education bringing together ideas and people. She currently works in publishing.
She lives in Mumbai with her husband Sumit, their two children Shoumik and Aishani, and an assortment of pets including a cocker spaniel, a guinea pig and two turtles. She loves travelling, baking cupcakes with her daughter and hearing from her readers.
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Cover reveal – Lemon Girl by Jyoti Arora

Cover Reveal 
Lemon Girl 
by 
Jyoti Arora 

The She….

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The Author

Jyoti Arora

Jyoti Arora is a Post Graduate in English Literature and Applied Psychology. Her writing achievements include two novels, three blogs, several wins in national level blog competitions, over five years of freelance writing experience, developing books for kids and abridging 24 famous English novels like Jane Eyre, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn etc. 

Jyoti’s first novel, Dream’s Sake, was published in 2011 by V&S Publishers. It received great reviews and much appreciation from readers.Books have always been Jyoti’s best friends. In fact, books so fascinated her from early childhood that she learnt reading, by herself, even before she started going to school. And she considers herself most fortunate that she is able to pursue her dream of being a novelist and work at what she loves best.
However, if books are Jyoti’s first love, and she’s still very devoted to them, the thrilling and steadily advancing world of technology also fascinates her. As a result, one of Jyoti’s blog is a technological blog called Techn0Treats. In 2011, a post in this blog won her the title of Samsung Mobile when Samsung made her a part of the team of the twenty bloggers chosen from all over India through a blogging competition. In this team of twenty bloggers, she was the only woman and perhaps the only one who had studied literature instead of science. As a Samsung Mobiler, Jyoti acted as the promoter and ambassador of Samsung.
Jyoti is a patient of Thalassemia Major which forced her to stop going to school after class seventh. After that, she continued her studies on her own through correspondence courses. Her zest to overcome her medical problems and made her an inspiration for many.
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