Indian-American pens immigrant experience

Last Updated: Fri, Jul 27, 2012 10:45 hrs

Academician and former pro-vice chanellor of Calcutta University Bharati Ray on Thursday released "Desi Dreams: Indian Immigrant Women Build Live Across Two Worlds", a book penned by California-based Dr Ashidhara Das.

Das is a doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego.

The book, ´Desi Dreams: Indian Immigrant Women Build Live Across Two Worlds´ was released at the Oxford Bookstore here.

"I am struck by the ruthless honesty of the author," said Bharati Ray releasing the book.

The book has a strong theoretical function, she said.

The book focuses on the construction of self and identity by Indian immigrant professional and semi-professional women who live and work in the USA who find themselves constantly traversing the starkly different expectations of American society and workplace on one hand, and the Indian immigrant home and the community on the other.

Former professor of English in Jadavpur Univerity, Jasodhara Bagchi, who was at the release, said Ashidhara is like "little Oli to her who has grown up before her eyes".

She congratulated for her showing the very courage of writing such a book.

Samita Sen, professor and director, School of Women´s Studies, Jadavpur University along with Professor Suparna Gooptu, Department of History and Director, Gandhian Studies Center, University of Calcutta were present at the launch.

(Reporting by Devraj Chatterjee)

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