- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Readomania; First Edition edition (2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9385854046
- ISBN-13: 978-9385854040
- Package Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Defiant Dreams Paperback – 2015
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Defiant Dreams: Tales of Everyday Divas is a collection of twenty-four stories handpicked through a nationwide contest. More than a book, it is a collage of love and patience, courage and determination. Between the pages is a chronicle of dreams that refuse to be crushed by the heel of Life's injustices. The tales are portraits of ordinary women-mothers, daughters, brides-to-be and wives --- 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 urban landscapes to rural settings, these incredible women are here to inspire. The authors include Radhika Maira Tabrez, Kirthi Jayakumar, Debosmita Nandy, Paulami DuttaGupta, Santosh Bakaya, Sanghamitra Bose, Esha Chakraborty, Sutapa Basu, Vasudha Gulati, Deepti Menon, Arpita Banerjee, Bhuvaneshwari Shankar, Ramaa Sonti, Anirban Nanda, Aashisha Chakraborty, Geeta Negi, Tansushree Ghish Dhall, Mahesh Sowani, Moinak Dutta, Sridevi Datta, Namrata Chauhan, Avanti Sopory, Paromita Mukherjee Ojha, Sreesha D
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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 dreams that refuse to be crushed by the heel of Life’s injustices. The tales are portraits 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.
The interesting point is that the battles are never same, it can be a severe crime like sexual assault or daily life problems of a working mother. The book throws light on the women, about whom we seldom talk about, they are ordinary women who try to lead a simple life, not celebrities but their zeal, strength of character and their strong desire to survive and win makes them special.
The style of writing very simple, yet engaging, it tries to give, even the most gloomiest of situations, a positive outlook. So it is not a depressing read, even if some stories are sad. I am a person who runs miles away from any kind of realistic, sad stuff, but this book made me choose otherwise. I can't believe that I am saying this, in spite of the realism and little dash of tragedy, I enjoyed the book thoroughly. The book is recommended to everyone.
The editing done by Rhiti and Lopa on the stories is commendable. The crispness in which the stories are presented give an anticipatory waft of fragrance of rich yet simple language in which they reach the readers and leave them asking for more.
Hats off to them both for bringing such a beautiful anthology together and a great applause for all the writers to bring to us a gift of lovely narration. Defiant Dreams is an apt title for such unconventional stories of conventional Indian women. Go for it."
A majority of the authors presented here, with few exceptions, have chosen to build their stories around the downtrodden lot one normally tends to look the other way. Perhaps it is difficult to find such tales of valor and defiance in high society where financial security matters more than anything else. Women in the lower classes of our society are still made to suffer by the much-abused male superiority. It is heart-warming to read the tales of the courageous few, who chose to challenge the male dominance by asserting their rights to live their lives the way they want to. The credit goes to the distinguished authors, who ventured to do so in this compilation with all the sensitivity and conviction that their subjects deserved.
Some of these stories remind me of what the celebrity author Shobha De does so sensibly once in a while. Although I do not approve of what she does most of the times, she does remarkably well when she picks up ordinary people from the streets and tell their stories so immaculately.
Though written quite eloquently, and edited equally well, I'm not particularly excited about some of the stories the likes of which one gets to read every other day in our newspapers. Nonetheless, these are thought-provoking stories that may not entertain you, but stir your soul.
The cover girl, lips painted a blood-red, with a huge bindi that normally signifies domestic bliss, doesn't quite reflect the anger and the defiance projected in the stories. I would've preferred haunting eyes emerging out of dark shadows and challenging a reader instead of the festive colors chosen by the designers. However, it is entirely the publisher's prerogative, though the frowning faces of the ferocious looking males on the cover -- I might add in the passing -- does some injustice to the males of the species! Perhaps we need another compilation where the roles are reversed between the genders to set the scores right. (No offense meant).
I'm wondering where the 'dreams' fit in the title? They are all real stories.
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1. A common theme (check. i.e. about everyday women)
2. Fantastic cover (check)