“This is a story of a brave woman … This story is a no-holds-barred account of what it means to lose oneself, to find oneself again, to hold space in desire, courage and strength.”
Author of The Permanent Resident, Winner of the theMulticultural Award, 2018 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.
Dirty Little Secrets: A Memoir NEW BOOK OUT NOW!
HELLO & NAMASTE!
My name is Nandita Chakraborty. I am an Australian Indian author. I sometimes call myself The Accidental Writer because I survived a traumatic rock climbing injury which lead to my permanent cognitive impairment.
I have written two successfully published novellas, Meera Rising (2017) and Rosemary's Retribution (2018). My novellas have won multiple nominations at the American Book Fest 2018 for the American Best Book Award. I write for Film, TV and sometimes for Melbourne's leading Indian Newspapers, Indian Weekly and G'Day India as a feature writer.
I am working on something exciting at the moment. The secrets of it all will be revealed soon.
Dirty Little Secrets: A Memoir
Countries, relationships and temples form the destiny of this memoir about a woman who’s in search of her identity and is also struggling with blackmail “But here I was at temple, wishing for the gods to exalt me from pain- but secretly I was wishing for love. That’s how we are.” So, the total distance from Delhi to Melbourne is 10,213 km and the total distance to travel in search of oneself is limitless. Dirty Little Secrets exactly does that, taking people on a journey of the heart from Melbourne to India and back.
Rosemary's Retribution (2022)
Rosemary's Retribution is set in Kolkatta in 1975 follows a thick plot of family secrets and the woes of cross cultural marriage. It follows the story of Shabana and Ted, one a young diplomat from Melbourne and the other a maid in the foreign office in Calcutta. The unconventional friendship between the two turns to love under the shadow of Urdu poetry and western literature. Against cultural differences, both fight for social acceptance and find themselves caught in a web of secrets and betrayal that spans forty years.
Meera Rising is set in Melbourne and in Delhi, India. The characters are inspired by the life of Meera, also known as Meera Bai or Mirabai, who was a 16th-century Hindu mystic poet and devotee of the god, Krishna. Most legends about Meera mention her as having fearless disregard for social and family conventions, her devotion to the god Krishna and her treating Krishna as her husband. The book Meera Rising tells the tale of a young Indian immigrant woman called Meera, an Australia man called Brian, and the god, Krishna, as not one but two lovers fight for her love.
Nominations & Reviews
SBS Radio (Hindi)
"...a gripping story that shows the writer's creativity has blossomed full bloom. It makes compelling reading for any reader with a curiosity about cultures and differing values but values the concept of infinite love above all."
I acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation as the traditional owners of the land where I live and work. I pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging. I celebrate the stories, culture and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of all communities who also work and live on this land.