Be transported by her stories, you will not be disappointed....
Hardcover: 112 pages
Publisher: Busybird Publishing; 1 edition (1 September 2017)
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 Brain, and the god, Krishna, as not one but two lovers fight for her love.
Paperback: 162 pages
Publisher: Busybird Publishing
(4 April 2018)
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nandita Chakraborty was born in Kolkatta, India, in 1975, in a small conservative family associated with the arts. Her father won many accolades in the field of Indian Cinema, so the house was always filled with creativity.
After studying, Fashion and Visual Merchandising, Nandita forged a successful career, but eventually grew to feel personally and creatively unfulfilled.
She began to write.
At first, it was poetry, and then short stories that she didn’t consider very good, and which she binned, but she persevered until she was writing for Melbourne newspapers and magazines. It was a steep learning curve, and in 2013 self-published her first novel, Missing Peace.
She took time off and travelled through India for six months, where she began to understand the pandemonium of Krishna’s devotees.
One night, by chance, she caught a classic Indian movie about Mirabai – a movie she’d seen as a child, but never understood. Now it opened up to her and inspired her, and she undertook extensive research, learning that Mira Bai was a devotee of Krishna and a mystic Hindu poet.
Following three years of further research, Nandita learned there was a story to be told, a legacy of love, divinity, and sacrifice, that needed to be shared with generations to come.
Hence, Meera Rising was born.
Nandita wants to advocate that love and miracles do happen. She feels that Mirabai could be living amongst us, and can be that unassuming neighbour, that friend or that mysterious person who would come of age to be a great advocate of love and peace.
Her forthcoming books will always have characters that define this love, and her central protagonists will be women.
Her upcoming book, Rosemary’s Retribution, is also about women defining themselves in love and all that empowers in its name.