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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Book Launch: Sitas Curse by Sreemoyee Piu Kundu

It was an evening like many, a humid Delhi climate with everyone just waiting for the rains, when it did, metaphorically as we witnessed womanhood come alive on 24th July 2014 with the launch of Sita's Curse by Sreemoyee Piu Kundu, Published by Hachette India.

                                           Shiro- the perfect place for celebrating Meerahood

The Venue was Shiro, Samrat Hotel, New delhi. There couldn't have been a better one for it truly matched the colour of the book, the inviting combination of black and red, with its decor aesthetically matching the books soul. It was a challenge to give this book a place it belonged, a place where Meera's story would be unravelled, a place where womanhood would be discussed in depth without hindrance and the organizers Leher Sethi and Ratan Kaul gave it the best one. As the crowd started, meeting, greeting and enjoying the smooth, subtle Sula Wines, the atmosphere grew charged. 

           Starting from left Mabanoo Mody Kotwal, Sreemoyee Piu Kundu and Apsara Reddy

The stage was set ablaze by the women who are exemplary, bold and beautiful with Sreemoyee Piu Kundu, the author, the creator of Meera. Mahabanoo Mody Kotwal, a theatre actress and owner of a production company called Poor Box Productions. She has produced/directed/acted in Shirley Valentine, Art, Once I Was Young...Now I'm Wonderful!, (W)hole in the Head, Two Hot to Handle, The Vagina Monologues, amongst others. She brought to India in 2003, The Vagina Monologues  written by Eve Ansler which helped to raise lakhs of rupees for two shelters for battered and abused women situated in the slums of Mumbai. The Other guest was Apsara Reddy, India's first trans-gender woman to head a leading media daily.  Last but not the least the critically acclaimed actor Adil Hussain also adorned the stage.

                                  Mahabanoo Mody Kotwal reads from Sita's Curse.

After reading a few excerpts from the book, womanhood was discussed by the celebrities on the dais and we had some interesting Q &A's from the audience. Though my question wasn't answered to my satisfaction however may be it was a difficult one to explain, or the one which has no answers but a bitter truth which we do not wish to accept. The question was "Can we ever talk, portray a realistic story of a woman's desire without the curse? Can that be a reality?". I welcome the readers comments and elaborate discussions on this, just one thing give it a deep thought before your write.
                         Adil Hussain and Sreemoyee Piu Kundu Read from Sita's Curse 

The book signing then followed and thus Meera entered the hearts of Delhi-ites catering to the fantasies of men and women alike.  Want to know what the book is about, read a detailed review here:

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