Debajani Mohanty’s Interview with BookGeeks

Her work and interests have taken her all over the world and in the process she has interacted with numerous women from different ethnic origins. She intends to bridge the gap between the freedom, safety & security enjoyed by them and by our women through her writing.

bookGeeks: Tell us something about Debajani as a person
Debajani: Bold and unconventional yet kind and loving. Travelled half of the world on my own both for work and also for my passion in travelling. I am also a big foodie and have tried cuisine from almost all continents in the world. Above all I wish to work for women upliftment. Financial independence of every woman is my dream.
bookGeeks: How was “The Curse of Damini” born?
Debajani: “The Curse of Damini” was never born and it’s no individual’s story, it’s life itself that our women have lived through years. I have only fictionalised it. I wrote a very complex story comprising many characters that went on for 70 odd years. However before narrating the stories of so many individuals I heard them. I heard them since my childhood days from numerous women in our society, be it our elderly maids whosoever migrated from Bangladesh in their teens, my grandmother and her contemporaries. I read numerous books written on the horrendous atrocities during the India-Pakistan partition and communal riots or articles on newspapers in yesteryears.
bookGeeks: We learn that you started writing the book after the Nirbhaya episode of Delhi? How do you intend to bring about a change through your words?
Debajani: The night Nirbhaya died in a Singapore hospital 3 years back, the first line that I wrote on my diary was “The Curse of Damini” and then the rest followed.The story points out certain prime issues that are so far not taken seriously either by our people or government. Women constitute half of the manpower, and in a society where they are treated lowly, would lack progress. Rape and discrimination against women is not only a social issue. It weakens the resolve in women to come out of their closed premises of home and embrace education & career. It blocks our progress as a nation. This book is an attempt to bridge the gap between the genders and uplift our society as a whole.
bookGeeks: How do you manage the constant juggle between the professional life, work and writing?
Debajani: Strangely it’s the busy man who always finds time. Every human being I believe is a supreme source of energy. There are people on earth who have created miracles out of their efforts. I only manage three things at the moment; my career, family and writing. Of course I’m blessed with the best husband in the world, and very supportive in-laws with me. Above all I am grateful to the Almighty who showed me the path to complete my work successfully.
bookGeeks: Any upcoming projects you would like to enlighten our readers about?
Debajani: My next venture could be my own auto-biography. Being an I.T. professional I started working quite early. The nature of my work as well as my passion for travelling has taken me to half of the world and many years abroad before I got married and settled down in India. Over the long lone years I have visited several places across the globe, met numerous ladies of different ethnic origins and tried to analyse what makes the women of our country weak in comparison to the west. I am sure my adventurous journey will interest my readers.
bookGeeks: What are your other interests and pursuits apart from writing?
Debajani: I am fun-loving, outgoing and a big foodie. Travelling and looking for new restaurants and trying delicious cuisine have been my passion. My dream is to see all women of my country financially independent, education alone would not be enough. And I wish to see this in my lifetime.
bookGeeks: A few words for your fans
Debajani: As per an UNICEF report released in 2006, India has killed 10 million (i.e. 1 crore) girls between year 1986-2006 through female infanticide. Around 60 million (i.e. 6 CRORES) have been systematically exterminated from India’s population in three generations. That is nearly the entire population of the United Kingdom. They have either been aborted before birth, killed once born, died of neglect because they were girls, or perhaps fell victims to dowry related deaths. My request to my readers, do not just read the book, please pass on my message to the world. We must all contribute so that our girls survive and lead a safe and secure life.
bookGeeks: A few words for bookGeeks.in
Debajani: Thanks so much in your support spreading the message to a wider public. Apart from the good work that you are already doing, we all should do something philanthropic so that our children and grand-children would live in a civilised as well as safer world tomorrow.

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