About the Author
Tanushree Ghosh migrated to the US in search of freedom and she attributes it to not having to debate temple entrance and purity in a land that has immensely simplified her life. She currently works at the Intel corporation in the US. An alumni of IIT Kanpur, she is also a social activist and writer.
A majority would probably answer ‘yes’ yet immigrants are still looked at with either contempt or defending and rarely compassion in the their motherland and abroad What is immigration today? A question of life or death? Fleeing or persecution?
But she clearly learnt that prosperity doesn’t necessarily open hearts and brains. The most beautiful thing that crossing borders did for the author was free her heart from baseless associations.
From an-other land is a reality check and an emotional guide for anyone who wants to understand modern day immigration to USA
Author : Tanushree Ghosh
Genre : Contemporary fiction
I was deeply misled upon reading the blurb to believe that this book is a serious anthropological analysis of the modern Indian migrant. I was in no mood for heavy legislative arguments on the rights and wrongs of a society but in the end the humane narrative spoke to me about the lives of these dreamer souls like no other book.
Tanushree’s book is a collection of numerous short stories. Each chapter is a peak into someone’s life and dreams and at the end of some she leaves you laughing and at others she leaves you with a heavy heart. She does both with such ease and command of language that you won’t be able to resist turning the pages.
In essence Ms. Ghosh is an excellent story teller and an expert advocate of human behaviour. From the very first story of a Punjabi protagonist who marries her own brother in law for “visa purposes” and yearns for her husband’s love and the golden wheat fields back home left me hooked. The author neither defends nor judges any of these characters. She simply narrates and in the end leaves you to ponder how much do these Indians have to trade in search of a better lifestyle for their kith and kin.
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