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The Bride from Bombay: History behind migration of Indian diaspora

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Recently on March 16, there was an event held at the St Augustine campus of University of West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. The event pertained to the book launch of Bhanmatee Sita Gobin, titled “The Bride from Bombay”.

Speaking at the event, Pro- Vice Chancellor Professor Clement Sankat said that this book launch comes at a very special juncture in the history of our country, as Trinidad and Tobago celebrates its 171st Indian Arrival Day, two months from now on May 30th! He added:”I have no doubt, that this book will be a great treasure for many others, including future scholars and researchers from around the world who are studying Indian indentured labourers into the Caribbean and the evolution of their lineage since then”.

Born in an idyllic village on the east coast of Trinidad and Tobago, Bhanmatee Gobin belongs to a selected generation of university-educated East Indian women whose forefathers migrated from the northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to the Caribbean as part of the Indian diaspora during the British taj rule. She is an educator by training and has dedicated and devoted her life to teaching and inspiring minds. Bhanmatee Gobin hails from an era of transition when East Indians in the West were struggling to balance the cultural norms and traditions with the progressive Western ideologies. She is one of the few modern-day authorities on the authentic East Indian experience in Trinidad and the West Indies through language, arts, music, and cultural traditions. She has lived in the United States for the past thirty years, where she has continued her career as an educator. This crossing of the Atlantic Ocean has given her a true and unique immigrant’s perspective into life in the West. This experience has given her the inspiration to return to her roots through her debut literary piece, Bombay Kay Dulahin a.k.a The Bride from Bombay, a captivating historical memoir.

Buy The Bride from Bombay here.

The book review of The Bride From Bombay by Amazon is given below:-

At the turn of the nineteenth century, a widespread migration took place as a result of British colonialism. This migration was known as the Indian diaspora. It was a time when millions of East Indians would jump ship and leave India to be taken as indentured laborers to the far corners of the world to Fiji, Mauritius, South Africa, and the West Indies-Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, and Guyana. The circumstances that surrounded this for many of the migrants were poverty, famine, and hopelessness. In the case of those sailing to Trinidad, it was under the lure of “chenee dad”-the land where sugar flows. Bombay Kay Dulahin is a story beyond the grasp of the historians. It is one woman’s journey of overcoming the unthinkable through a vision and a dream. She was the daughter of East Indian immigrants in the emerging cosmopolitan society of Trinidad and Tobago. Cast off into an arranged marriage at the age of sixteen and possessing no more than a first-grade education, her strength, courage, and passion drive her to keep her vision and dream of breaking social and gender norms. The book discusses traditional East Indian arranged marriages, the age-old Hindu caste-system structure and traditions. It is a story that shows there are no boundaries and borders when it comes to the resiliency of human endurance, passion, and a mother’s unconditional love, ensuring that her loved ones and family are influenced positively for generations to come. A story about love, faith, and hope.

The book is a must read for all the Indians as well as the Indians living abroad.

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7 Things A Fictional Writer Should Never Do!

There are many examples of a fictional writer starting off his story on a very promising note and leaving the reader to feel cheated at the end

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Fiction writing has no specified code of conduct, it is an art where you follow your own approach. Pixabay

Based on interviews, with authors over the years, and conferences, it has been found that fiction writing can be challenging. There is no doubt that a reader’s attention span starts dwindling and being said that, an average reader takes less than a minute to abandon a book or piece of writing. There are many examples of a fictional writer starting off his story on a very promising note and leaving the reader to feel cheated at the end.

Whether you are writing a short story or something like a letter to a fictional character at https://gpalabs.com/, avoid these writing mistakes. Here are some points of consensus and observations:

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As a fictional writer, it is your job to keep your audience hooked to your script. Pixabay

1. Unhooked:

A well-written piece of fiction book serves to keep the reader interested and drawn towards the story with some point of tension, and some drama; all serve as hooks. Boredom! That’s what you need to avoid while writing a fiction, throw open a question and don’t answer it for a while. As a fictional writer, your job is to keep your audience hooked to your script.

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2. Don’t assume there is any single path or playbook a fiction writer needs to follow:

Simply you have to do what works best for you, try listening to the voices in your head and learn to train and trust them, because they will let you know if you are on the right path.

3. Cut!

You sure can write a 1000 page book, but should you? It is not about showing off being wordy or your English vocabulary which can be a surefire shot at rejection. Mostly it is about using the right words that your story needs. An unedited story is an agony for readers because they are reading until the end of your story just to know what happens in the end.

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Even if you like someone’s way of storytelling, do not copy it. Create your own way of storytelling and present your story in your own words. Pixabay

4. Don’t try to write like your idols:

Be yourself. If you try to pretend to write like anyone else, your readers will know. The one thing you’ve got that no one else does is your own voice, your own style, your own approach, so make each section of your story an acceptable experience for the readers.

5. Choose the adverb correctly:

Choosing the right adverb is very important because it brings about a sense of action while on the other hand, it may dilute the action.

6. Avoid putting all your eggs in one basket when it comes to pitching something:

As a fictional writer, ensure you don’t put all your creativity in one book always be working on your next book or idea while you’re querying. Make sure you send out your crispest version to literary agents and publishers.

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7. Don’t be a copycat:

There are many instances such as after the Harry Potter series many writers, all of a sudden, began writing stories with magic as a central premise and after the Twilight series, every other manuscript that landed on a publisher’s desk was about vampires. Yes, you can be inspired by some writers but never ever copy ideas and story plots of other authors.