Sumitra – a spirited and ambitious young woman brought up in pre-independence Bengal – gets married to Debojit. She then moves to Bombay to start her new life and she is overjoyed. She has big dreams and lofty aspirations for the both of them but she is uninitiated in the ways of the world and is in for a rude shock. Her world view is shattered as she gets caught in a vortex of scheming and vindictive in-laws, and a naïve and unsupportive husband. After years of mistreatment interjected with brief periods of marital bliss, Sumitra slowly starts feeling that her life seems to be heading in the right direction. But misfortune strikes in the form of Debojit’s death.
This is a story of how Sumitra’s journey from daughter to wife to mother teaches her to navigate through the slippery slopes of familial life and get acquainted with the harsh realities of societal prejudices. At the same time, she tries to keep alive her desire to achieve something and carve out an identity of her own.
Rajasri Sen was born in Kolkata and brought up in
different parts of India. She did her graduation in Philosophy with Honours
from Calcutta University and has a Bachelor's degree in Education (BEd) from
Bombay University. She then joined the teaching profession.
Pensive by nature, she loves writing, acting and
reciting Tagore’s poems. She stepped into the realm of writing at a young age.
Her short stories and write ups were published in various Bengali Magazines. As
a teacher, she has come across students and families from different strata of
society and has experienced the all-pervasive nature of our archaic societal attitude,
especially discrimination against girls and these experiences have been a
source of inspiration to pen this book. This is her first foray into the world
of English literature.
Though it is a work of fiction, it will appeal to all the ladies in
this world, who will be able to identify themselves with the protagonist in
many ways as they will find many similarities with the situations in their
lives. This will also strike a chord in the minds and hearts of enlightened
men, who understand, support and encourage their womenfolk to achieve their