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.
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.
This guest post is a part of the blog tour for Sujata Rajpal’s book hosted by The Book Club.
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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.
This review is a part of the blog tour for Breach by The Book Club.