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My Half of the Sky

My Half of the Sky
12 Life Stories of Courage

First Edition
Critical Acclaim

December 2014 | 196 pages | SAGE India

The 12 women who feature in this book come from diverse backgrounds. The thread that binds their stories is their resolve to change the circumstances of their lives, overcoming tremendous odds, and giving wings to their dreams. They are survivors and pathfinders, doers and dreamers, leaving in their wake surging inspiration and hope. Their testimonies reveal what it is to live in this often forgotten corner of India. They have overcome personal tragedy, broken the falters of tradition, discrimination, and coped bravely with the harrowing experience of violence and uncertainty.

Foreword B G Verghese
Betrayed by Love: Jahnabi Goswami
The Only Man: Monalisa Changkija
Born Free: Parbati Barua
Silencing the Whispers: Birubala Rabha
Walking Tall: Urmee Mazumdar
How Green Are the Hills?: Bertha G Dkhar
Mapping the Truth: Teresa Rehman
Pulling No Punches: Mary Kom
Opening the Cage: Hasina Kharbhih
Woman on the Go: Monisha Behal
Words for the Wronged: Rita Chowdhury
Director's Special: Manju Borah

Raimedhi has rendered a singular service by revealing another facet of this very diverse region through a series of fascinating stories of some of its remarkable women who have fought privation, discrimination and adversities of every kind to become icons and blaze new trails.

The Assam Tribune

A wonderful volume of biographical sketches of women of India’s North-East...Indrani Raimedhi is a well known journalist and creative writer in Assam combines the narrative skills of a short story writer with the rigour of a journalist. As a result, all these stories are gripping pieces; with spellbinding immediacy...she uses the narrative techniques of a creative writer, without of course meddling with the facts. She describes them as she would frictional characters, with love and a clear gaze. The descriptive passages enhance, rather than distract from the characterisation. She explores the motivations of the women she portrays, what made them walk this path that very few people from this region...parallel to this, is shown the social fabric of large swathes of this region, in all its beauty as well as its ugliness. For these several reasons this is a book worth reading, and is targeted to the young and old alike. Written with clarity and lucidity, this book has made the life stories of these dozen women accessible to us all.

The Assam Tribune

[The book] profiles 12 women from North-East, all great achievers who have become role models in gives the reader a picture of northeast and its social issues, as seen through the eyes of a compassionate group of activist women.

Civil Society

Indrani Raimedhi

Indrani Raimedhi is a journalist, a columnist, and an author. She won the Kunjabala Devi Award for Investigative Reporting on women issues in 2004. She is at present Feature Editor with the Assam Tribune daily (established 1939) and was recruited as the first woman journalist in the editorial department in 1989. Author of nine books, Raimedhi’s four anthologies of short stories include The Season Coming, The Concubine’s Room, The Night Journey, and The Stranger’s Touch. Her books for children have been used in schools as rapid readers. Her poetry and short fiction have been published in national magazines as well as in Austria and The... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789351500377