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. A non-linear account of Nandita Chakraborty’s life and this is also the story of a woman who seeks out her own adventure, leaving everything familiar behind. Being thirty and written off had its own tribulations; sometimes truth is ugly, mutilated into stigmas, and acceptance becomes hard. An end to any relationships is the beginning of a grieving process and this book is a tribute to that. Then she met Franklin. Was he there to warn her of rising from the ashes, just like her phoenix tattoo? The affection of young Vinod had dwindled away when she came back to Melbourne and Franklin picked up the loose thread. Taking her by the arm was enough for her to fall in love with him. But then he was gone, only to reappear after many months, in love with someone else. In Nov 2011, Franklin’s prediction of her obtaining new life by arising from the ashes came true when she fell 40 metres in a rock- climbing accident, receiving an acquired brain injury. She rises again to a new life, leaving everything comfortable behind the past to embrace the new.
“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.
Hardcover: 282 pages
Publisher: Clever Fox Publishing (4 February 2022)
Meera Rising (2017)
Meera Rising is Nandita Chakraborty's first book published publicly as an author.
When Meera Sen comes to the city of Melbourne to become a microbiologist, all she has with her are the traditional values of her culture and the idol of lord Krishna given to her by her uncle.
When Meera meets Brian for the first time, she hates him - but Brian falls in love with her instantly. Even as he desires her, Brian, consumed with his own insecurities, risks driving her away instead.
Living in Australia, and then returning to her homeland to reconnect with her family and the obligations waiting for her, will leave Meera no stranger to heartbreak. And when it seems this world has failed, will Meera find fulfilment elsewhere?
Inspired by the life of Mirabai, our Meera's been bestowed with not one but two lovers who fight to win her love: a mortal Brian seeks to rescue Meera and take her back to the temporal world, whilst the immortal Krishna invites Meera to his permanent world.
Meera Rising is the unforgettable story of an ordinary woman who dares to become an immortal saint - the extraordinary 'modern Mirabai'.
Hardcover: 112 pages
Publisher: Busybird Publishing; 1 edition (1 September 2017)
Rosemary's Retribution (2018)
Rosemary's Retribution is Nandita Chakraborty's second book as an author.
In modern Melbourne, Rosemary is introduced to a horrific truth about her parents, Shabana and Ted – a truth that goes all the way back to Kolkata, 1975. Even before the national crisis of the Emergency, social divisions are widening. Dark times are gathering.
Kolkata is also where Shabana and Ted meet: Shabana is a maid in the foreign office, while Ted is a young diplomat from Melbourne. The two form an unconventional relationship that grows into love under the shadow of Urdu poetry and Western literature.
Against cultural differences, both fight for acceptance – Ted from his manipulative mother, and Shabana from her overbearing father. They find themselves caught in a web of family secrets and betrayal, all to be re-introduced forty years later to Rosemary.
Will Rosemary take revenge?
Or will she disappear into the realm of her happiness?
Paperback: 162 pages
Publisher: Busybird Publishing (4 April 2018)