About the Author : Sujata Rajpal is a Corporate Communications Manager by profession and a writer by passion. She holds an MPhil degree in Economics, and has studied Journalism & Mass Communication from Panjab University, Chandigarh. She regularly contributes articles and short stories to publications and journals, such as Femina, Deccan Herald, Star of Mysore and others. Besides writing, she enjoys being a Toastmaster. Sujata is a yoga enthusiast. She currently lives in Mysore, India, with her husband Rajiv and sons Nikhil and Rahul. “The Other End of the Corridor” is her first novel.
Blurb: When your dreams are tainted with lies and deceit, you have no other choice but to walk to the other end of the corridor Leela has nothing extraordinary about her except the dream to become famous. Her desires take wings when she gets married to a handsome boy from a respectable family in Delhi. But her dreams are shattered even before they have a chance to take flight. She happens to meet two friends from a long forgotten past, which infuses hope and opens new avenues to realize her dormant aspirations. Leela delves into previously unexplored paths of deception and forbidden passions that only make her stronger. In an attempt to rediscover herself, she falls in love with life and with herself but her life takes a sudden turn again… No matter what, Leela will continue to chase her dreams. Where does this journey take her?
Review: I would like to start off talking about the character of Leela. I appreciate author Sujata for writing this character with so much of depth and simplicity that it is easy for anyone who reads to connect with her. I feel author has taken inspiration from every street and every town, watching people, especially women to write Leela’s character. It was initially boring for me, but as I read on I found it very interesting and I could not put down the book. I would highly recommend this book to every women to believe in chasing their dreams and don’t lose faith until you achieve them. The story is about unfortunate girl forced into marriage while at young age, the devastating her dreams and hopes towards life. There are hints of gender prejudice, marital brutality and blames of society on the rape victim. I loved the share of twists the story has offered. The dilemmas faced by a common woman in day to day life’s situations has been written well by author in very easy read language. This is my first read of author Sujata and I really look forward for her next book which I am sure will be better than this one.
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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