Purple, Orange, Green,

Vermillion, Gold –

Are the myriad colours I’m made up of:

They stand for dignity, compassion,

Enthusiasm; and a determination

Which drives my passionate triumph!


Yet, ever since I was born –

I was solely reared

To be a perfect match

For someone to whom I’d be wed:

So I was dressed with the utmost care

To ensure I was special and rare.


Thus at boarding school I was trained

That I am always to behave –

Tender, obedient, obliging and humane:

That I must cross my legs when I sit,

Eat with my mouth shut,

As to burp was a cardinal sin;

I was to excuse myself if I cough or sneeze,

Not wear my skirt high above my knee.


Then in college, I was allowed to date –

So long as my chastity in line with my life, was intact:

While the man I was to marry one day

Could test his virility on all and sundry –

For then would he be, man enough to wed me!


At work I was amongst all those men

Who were always and compulsively more efficient:

For they supposedly had intellect and physical capacity –

Always superior and unequivocally above me!

So even if I was more persistent,

Worked harder to prove my worth over them:

Yet at the end of the month I would go back home

With my pay-packet lighter than those –

Who could share a drink

And a smoke

With another man after work –

In their mirth collectively decide my self-worth!


After I’d put in all my might, proven my worth alright –

I might just get a promotion like the men,

But then – also be termed loose and trite:

For I’d supposedly slept with

The guy – who’d been allotted to decide,

For wasn’t I pretty, with a body to incite?


Then I’d marry the man

Of my dreams

Thinking he had a mind of steel,

That he’d be honourable and proud of me:

But then, was it not always his

Pride for which I’d watch out?

For where was mine to be found –

It was lost in the shadow of his clout!

So then, I had to be gratified 

Like the moon always is –

To shine in reflected glory.


Till when children came along,

They’d expect it’s their life I live from then on:

For how can a mother think of anything else –

Isn’t she born only to give birth; above all cares 

to bring up children in the world!

But yes, she can only be proud if they are sons –

Even if they leave their parents and run,

When in old age they need them the most.


A woman am I…

So lifelong I must relegate, must I –

Into reflecting the colours of your choice:

Into the forms that you callously paint!


Would you not lend me some spotlight –

So I may shine in my own hues:

Thus show you my own true light!



“Across Borders” by Shuvashree Ghosh – Newspaper Review’s/Media Coverage/Excerpts


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The Telegraph review of Across Borders:                                          http://www.telegraphindia.com/1130913/jsp/t2/story_17343876.jsp#.UljewuIUYt9

The Hindu coverage of the Delhi Launch:                                         http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/between-the-lines/article5508192.ece

The New Indian Express, Sunday Magazine author interview: http://epaper.newindianexpress.com/c/1927216?fb_action_ids=10152083698974974&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582


 On Across Borders – A letter from Dr P.V Krishnamoorthy, the first Director General of Doordarshan:                                                                               https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=548085161926172&id=422992421102114

On Across Borders – compliments from Pranay Gupte (Author; biographer; historian; columnist):


 The TOI coverage of the Calcutta launch of Across Borders on the 7th of October, 2013:                                                                                                  http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Repository/ml.asp?Ref=VE9JS00vMjAxMy8xMC8wOCNQYzAwNTE0

 The Telegraph (3rd Nov, 13) – the Calcutta launch of Across Borders covered in the article – Border Ties:                                                                            http://www.telegraphindia.com/1131103/jsp/calcutta/story_17523613.jsp#.UnXDJrQUYt-

In the north east issue of the Telegraph:                                  http://www.telegraphindia.com/1131108/jsp/northeast/story_17543250.jsp#.UnzsKbT872p

The New Indian Express coverage of the Chennai launch of Across Borders: http://m.newindianexpress.com/chennai/69359

The Hindu covers the Chennai Launch of Across Borders:                      http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/events/borders-and-beyond/article5358237.ece

The Times of India, Page 3, covers the Chennai launch of Across Bordersas ‘An Evening To Remember’ in the links below:                                  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.549170335150988.1073741835.422992421102114&type=1


The Assam Tribune Review:                                                                  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=576699309064757&set=pcb.576700002398021&type=1&theater

Pictures of the Calcutta launch at Oxford on 7th October, 2013: 2013:   https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.527481180653237.1073741830.422992421102114&type=1&l=14d538ddf6

Pictures of the Chennai Launch of Across Borders on the 14th of Nov, 2013: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.546464922088196.1073741834.422992421102114&type=1&l=58590d9b1d

Pictures of the Delhi Launch of Across Borders on 19th Dec, 2013: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.564831846918170.1073741836.422992421102114&type=1&l=29abb8da9a

The Calcutta Launch of Across Borders – on Youtube:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9W_2ubxVAwY – video 1

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTQatqdgf8k – video 2

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gU13BecaYRA – video 3

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJlb1E0peWI – video 4

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4EWpRKkyZA – video 5

The Face Book Page Link:                                                                            https://www.facebook.com/pages/Across-Borders/422992421102114

Excerpts from Across Borders, in the link below:


Across Borders is available at stores pan-India, through India Book Distributors (IBD)…also at flipkart.com & amazon.in, in the links below:


 [KINDLE EDITION] of Across Borders:


The Current Edition …

Anywhere in the world you can order your copy of Across Borders from the platforms here — https://shuvashreechowdhury.com/2019/02/19/international-sales-platforms-for-my-set-of-just-released-4-books/

If you want to know more about the book you could read the media reviews of the first edition in 2013 here: https://shuvashreechowdhury.com/2013/09/13/the-telegraph-reviews-my-book-across-borders/