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Author Lopa Banerjee Launches her Debut Memoir Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant’s Wayward Journey

October 23, 2016 | By

Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant’s Wayward Journey, published by Authorspress, Delhi, is Lopa Banerjee’s debut memoir/narrative nonfiction work – a personal journey of seeking the essence and meaning of HOME.

Lopa Banerjee

Author Lopa Banerjee is all smiles at the book launch

Author Lopa Banerjee launched her debut memoir/narrative nonfiction Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant’s Wayward Journey in a lively book launch event in South Delhi, today.  The event was attended by authors and poets from Delhi’s literary circle, including authors Kiren Babal, the host of the book launch, Dr. Santosh Bakaya, senior bureaucrat and poet Ramakanta Das, gifted poet and founder of Poets, Artists Unplugged, Colonel Shyam Sunder Sharma, Yaseen Anwar of Kaafiya Poetry Festival, author Satbir Chadha and publisher of Authorspress, Sudarshan Kcherry.

Lopa Banerjee’s Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant’s Wayward Journey, published by Authorspress, Delhi, is her narrative, personal journey of seeking the essence and meaning of HOME and also her self-identity as a woman, a mother and a daughter, living ten thousand miles away from her Bengali hometown in the outskirts of Kolkata.

Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant's Wayward Journey

Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant’s Wayward Journey

Lopa spoke about how the book was born out of a creative writing program she was part of at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA. The idea then gradually developed into a full-fledged, straight-from-the-heart memoir of an immigrant in the USA, who does look back to the aromas and fragrances of her native Kolkata with wistfulness and nostalgia while trying to find her feet and strike roots in her adopted home.

With a rich foreword by Dr. Santosh Bakaya and an all-comprehensive review by Dr. A. V. Koshy, the book has just started taking its baby steps in the publishing arena and the author looks forward to connecting with all readers of quality literature both in India and the US through the book.

In essence, the book is her symbolic, emotional journey of love and loss, womanhood and motherhood, Diaspora and migration written in poetic prose. The book has been launched in Delhi on 23rd October, 2016, amid the presence of eminent and emerging writers, poets, critics based in the city.

 The launch of 'Thwarted Escape' by the publisher of Authorspress, Sudarshan Kcherry and Dr. Santosh Bakaya

The launch of ‘Thwarted Escape’ by the publisher of Authorspress, Sudarshan Kcherry and Dr. Santosh Bakaya

Lopa Banerjee with poet Ramakanta Das and Colonel Shyam Sunder Sharma (famously known as Driftwood Ashore)

Lopa Banerjee with poet Ramakanta Das and Colonel Shyam Sunder Sharma (famously known as Driftwood Ashore)

 

Yaseen Anwar of Kaafiya Poetry Festival, authors Satbir Chadha and Kiren Babal

The special guests for the occasion, including Yaseen Anwar of Kaafiya Poetry Festival, authors Satbir Chadha and Kiren Babal (the host of the book launch)

Author Lopa Banerjee

Author Lopa Banerjee speaking about her book and giving away author-signed copies

authors Dr. Santosh Bakaya with Lopa Banerjee

A memorable moment of bonhomie: authors Dr. Santosh Bakaya with Lopa Banerjee

All pictures by Antara

Editor in Chief, Learning and Creativity; Consulting Editor, Silhouette Magazine As a professional business journalist, Antara spent 14 years covering business stories but alongside kept alive her passion for writing on cinema. She writes extensively on the changing trends of music, direction and filmmaking in cinema and her articles aim to provide well-researched, complete and accurate information on the legends of cinema for the movie enthusiast. She is also the Founder-Editor of Blue Pencil, a New Delhi-based publishing house and recently edited and published Incomparable Sachin Dev Burman, the biography of SD Burman written by HQ Chowdhury. Her articles have also been published in Dearcinema.com and Du-kool.com. Antara is Editor-Creative Director of Wisitech InfoSolutions Pvt. Ltd.
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