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.
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.
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.
All pictures by Antara
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