For My Mother, Rama Bhattacharya, On Her 3rd Birthday in Heaven

Ma and me

Many moons back, when life was a bliss in my mother’s arms, when her hands held mine and the world stood still.

When you won’t be able to trace my footprints, imprinted on the roads, you won’t see me then, in the jetties, I won’t be then to row my boat.
(Rabindranath Tagore, translated from the original Bengali song ‘Jokhon porbe na more payer chinho ei baante”, Geetabitan).

Meet my mother Rama Bhattacharjee, the source of inspiration and creative energy in my life, my first guru, my first teacher. Discover the unsung travails of her life as I, her only child, pay her a tribute to her on her 3rd birthday in heaven today.

Thanks a lot Rhiti Bose, my co-editor for giving me the wonderful platform of Incredible Women of India to feature this incredible woman, my dear Ma. I am sure she is seeing this from up above.

Read the story of love, loss and legacy here:

 

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Defiant Dreams: Tales of Everyday Divas

Hello friends, sharing with you all the birth of a very special child of me and Rhiti Bose, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Incredible Women of India, which we have named ‘Defiant Dreams: Tales of Everyday Divas‘. The book, published by Readomania in collaboration with Incredible Women of India, is a collaborative dream of Rhiti and mine which originated from a nationwide short story contest in India, ‘STREE’, which focused on articulating the extraordinary journeys of everyday women.

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Sharing a few lines from the blurb of the book:

Defiant Dreams: Tales of Everyday Divas is a collection of twenty-four stories handpicked through a nationwide contest.  It is a collage of love and patience, courage and determination. Between the covers is a chronicle of love that refuse to be crushed by life’s injustices. The tales are portrayals of everyday women rising to extraordinary challenges, women who transformed themselves into mistresses of their own destinies. From the lanes of Banaras to the hills of Assam, from the high rises of Delhi to the household courtyards down south, across urban landscapes and rural settings, these incredible women are here to inspire.”

To know more about the book, do visit:

http://www.readomania.com/events/defiant-dreams-tales-of-everyday-divas

To buy the book in Amazon.com, go to:

http://www.amazon.com/Defiant-Dreams-Tales-Everyday-Divas/dp/9385854046/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1451409685&sr=8-3&keywords=Defiant+Dreams

To buy the book in Amazon India, go to:

http://www.amazon.in/dp/9385854046

 

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DEFIANT DREAMS debuts in Amazon India as number 5 under Fiction/Anthologies (image courtesy: Defiant Dreams Facebook page)

 

Our Goodreads page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28257467-defiant-dreams—tales-of-everyday-divas

Also, sharing the opening speech and the introduction to Defiant Dreams, by Mona Sen Gupta, Ahava Communications, during the official launch of the book at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94, Ballygunj Place, Kolkata.

Enjoy Part 1 of the video:

 

 

Defiant Dreams sits pretty on a shelf at the World Book Fair in Delhi.

All Readomania Books are now available in World Book Fair 2016
Hall No. 6 – IBH and Amar Chitra Katha Stall!
Readers, Go grab your copies
Authors, Go take a Selfie…