gripping real-life stories of passion, love, conflict, self-transformation conveys the inner Journey of three phenomenal women during the’80s& the ‘90s who dared to challenge their world that imprisoned them like caged birds.
These women are war goddesses who challenge oppression and social sanctions and walk “the road not taken” towards self-actualization.
Puja, after 25 years of unhappy married life, confronts her true self & her soulmate. This enchanting middle-aged lady breaks free of her marital bindings to become a celebrity singer.
She loves Pranesh passionately, for the first time, without fear. All hell breaks loose in the form of social scandal and tragic family circumstances when she decides to leave her suffocating home atmosphere and marry the man of her choice. How far will Puja be able to survive the opposing forces that threaten to tear down her world? It is a story of Puja’s life journey of agony & ecstasy.
Sujata is another captive soul in a vicious joint family, and she has to live with toxic in-laws. Above all, this free-spirited woman has to withstand the abuses of his narcissistic father-in-law, who rules the family with his iron hand. The question is, how far this young lady would be able to succeed in her daring escape plan when she tries to execute it to save herself and her little girl’s life?
Eva, the English Teacher, is a beautiful lady with a liberal mind. Her students adore her for her empathetic and funny personality. She is the Maria of “Sound of Music” to them. Her jealous colleagues and mid-level administrators hate her and poison her life at her workplace. Her westernized views, and divorce, draws flak from the conservative groups.
Would this lady be able to save her coveted job and fight out the sadistic politics that threatens her existence in the school?
Targeted Age Group: 30+ and above
Written by: Mandira Mazumder
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My author’s Journey began in my adolescence like “Anne Frank,” writing my diary & talking to it as my secret friend
I had been a caged bird from a highly conservative background. My social surrounding expected me to conform to the imperative rules for a girl child in my family and social surroundings. I was loved and taken care of but at the cost of my freedom as a human being. So, I voiced my ideas in short stories and articles in my school and college magazines.
During the ’80s, the Indian middle-class society was going through a transformation like the western society during the’50s. Women were coming out of their closet and yet not entirely free to make their decision. Everyone expected us to be “good girls”: educated, elegant, sober, sweet but with no opinion of our own.
I read books of all kinds I could find in the library to know the world beyond. I kept maintaining my diary. Yet my wings were clipped when I was socially married at the age of 20+ despite my academic excellence. During the daytime, I had to slog through my household chores and take care of my baby girl. I did my secret studies at night to complete my university degree. My husband’s workplace was far away. Today, I do not look back in anger.
My completion of post-graduation in English is a story of sweat and blood. I thank those painful days. Those were the days of my self- transformation.
Eventually, I became an English teacher at the High School level and Guest lecturer in a reputed Open University in India. Those nine years of teaching at the University enabled me to learn more about English and literature.
Later, a local English newspaper in India and other small magazines published several of my articles.
But my big break arrived in 2013 when Ezine started publishing my short memoirs, articles, stories, travel writing, and reviews till the year 2017. They honored me with an Expert Author certificate in 2014.
My writing stopped because of some personal crises that beset my life in 2018. I had to resign from my job to overcome my melancholia; I enrolled in Creative writing classes with the British Council in my city. They certified me with A+ and Excellence on my overall performance in 2019.
After that, the Pandemic broke out in April 2020. The chaos in the world outside and the turmoil in my inner world became my reason to wake up to my writing call. I finished my inspirational stories, edited them myself, and published them on Amazon at the end of the year. My first book was named “Even Caged Birds Sing.” It was the result of a caged bird’s soul- searching during her confinement at home. It was her catharsis.
I hope my second novel to be published in series by the end of June 21. My second story draws inspiration from real-life caste apartheid, gender discrimination, and crimes in India.
A story of generations of prejudice, hatred, and brutality of social apartheid against a section of the oppressed class turns out to be a victorious saga of love, passion, and a more fabulous call of humanity.
I hope to reach out my human stories based on real-life or the figment of my imagination to my readers at home and abroad, worldwide. I believe that the Universal tales about humanity have always cut across all social and cultural barriers to touch a million souls.
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