Peace Reads, Read Elephant Foundation reviews Defiant Dreams

Wonderful news on the International Women’s Day 2016!

Peace Reads, Red Elephant Foundation writes a glowing review for our book ‘Defiant Defiant Dreams_bookDreams: Tales of Everyday Divas’, and places the book among stellar works of literature including William Dalrymple’s ‘Return of a King’, the phenomenal ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ and the likes!! A BIG THANK YOU to Readomania, my soul sis Rhiti Bose, all our brilliant storytellers and Indrani Ganguly who have been the pillars of support for an endeavor we had so humbly started, but gathering momentum slowly and steadily. The Red Elephant Foundation also tweets the book as an important book to read on ‪#‎IWD‬ 2016!!

Also, our heartiest congratulations to Kirthi Jayakumar for her book ‘The Dove’s Lament’ that also makes its place in this esteemed literary list!


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Defiant Dreams: Editors’ Interview in The Indian Short Story in English

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The cover page of Defiant Dreams: Tales of Everyday Divas, available in and

Hello friends, me and my co-editor Rhiti Bose are super-excited to share our first interview about our book ‘Defiant Dreams: Tales of Everyday Divas’, featured in Indian Short Story in English.
Defiant Dreams was a soul-searching journey to say the least, and we thank all of you, our contributing authors, our friends, our family who have made this dream possible for both of us.

Special thank you to Dipankar Mukherjee, Readomania and Indrani Ganguly for being the strong pillars of support for this book. Also thankful to Mr. Murli Melwani, Editor of ISSE for conducting this interview and for publishing it in the journal/blog.

We look forward to your views/feedback regarding the interview.

Defiant Dreams: Tales of Everyday Divas

SHE: Draupadi and the Every Woman


My March column at B’Khush, the women-centric e-zine, ‘She: Draupadi and the Every Woman’, a poetic narrative dedicated to all my women friends across the globe, just before the occasion of the International Women’s day in March 8. The piece is developed from an excerpt of my book-length memoir ‘Thwarted Escape’ which has recently been a finalist and a First Place Category winner at the Journey Awards 2014 for Narrative Nonfiction hosted by Chanticleer Book Reviews and Media LLC.

Sharing a small excerpt from the piece:

I was born, in Panchal, bereft of a mother’s Yoni,

Emerging from burning contours of fire,

The river of my body ran and ran, meandering,

Eyes to cheeks, cheeks to chin, chin to my swan neck,

Nativity singing thigh-deep in the river that struggled

To stay still….”

Do read the full piece and leave your valued comments in the page: