My debut literary crime novel,”You Beneath Your Skin,” published by the fab team at Simon and Schuster IN is slowly making its way into the world.
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I’m back in India, doing a few small events, combining it with family time. At its very first stop in one of India’s best planned cities, Chandigarh, I discovered an up-side to book events and promotions. After my talk at the Literati festival in Chandigarh, I received questions from young ladies in the audience, about power, which gender wields it, and why. I spoke at length about violence against women, and it was heartening to be able to resonate with young women.
I’ve never set out to be inspirational–I wanted to write a good story, and I’m hoping I’ve done that. The by-product has been the opportunity to speak about gender, power equations, feminism, violence against women and children. It was a huge and pleasant surprise to have young women come up to me–and ask me questions.
Simple questions like–what do we do when we do not receive validation and support from our friends and families? Is it all right to write what we want? What happens when what we write that might displease our families?
It was a joy to sign copies, and to tell these young women–your body belongs to you, as does your life. What you do with it depends on you–as long as you do not do something illegal. You do not need permission. Sunlight or storms don’t need permission from anyone–they just do their thing. It was a delight to meet those shining eyes and smiles, and think back on all the women who had shown me the way, decades ago.
What about you? Have you been at a talk by a writer? Given a talk? What impact has your writing made upon the world?
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