About the Book
Women are an enigma of creation. They combine the dichotomies of existence, with a desire to be liberated as well as a wish to be bound by the chains of love and admiration. Devi: A Journey through Photo-Poetry captures in words and images these dualities that exist within women whom we meet in our everyday lives. The set of forty-five poems and pictures are designed to map the internal landscape from their birth to the twilight years of their lives. This poetic journey is a tribute to the free-spirited dreamer that lives in every woman. From tea gardens to stuffy glass chambers of office cubicles, from dreams of fairy tale lives to domestic violence, from the vivacious professional to the intimate world of the homemaker, from the innocence of a new born to the manipulator and seductress, from the urbane soul to the village girl, these poems and images empathize with struggles, pain, highs and lows of time, and celebrate the joy of freedom as the greatest achievement in a woman's life.
About the Author
Dr. Arnapurna Rath is an Assistant Professor in Humanities at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar. She grew up in the lush green pastures of Odisha, where she did her schooling in the industrial town of Angul. She completed her MA and M.Phil from Utkal University and headed to the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay for a doctoral degree in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. Arnapurna received the Excellence in Thesis award during the Golden Jubilee Convocation year of JIT Bombay in 2012. She is currently teaching contemporary South-Asian literature and literary-philosophical theories at IIT Gandhinagar. Her views of life have been distinctly shaped by childhood discussions with her grandfather'
Originally belonging to Bongaigaon in Assam, Bhaskarjyoti Das is a final year undergraduate student in Chemical Engineering at IIT, Gandhinagar. He is one of the new generation photographers who classify their work as Art Photography. He works as a freelancer, and his photography varies from fashion, music, photo-journalism, heritage to performing-arts. He believes that a photograph is a story by itself and attempts to write it with his lens.One of his prime reasons for taking up photography is to preserve and exhibit the endangered culture and traditional heritage of India and its numerous tribes, which are almost never known to the general mass at large, through his pictures. He also speaks of societal issues through his art.In addition to photography, Bhaskarjyoti is a graduate in Hindustani Instrumental Music and a fellow percussionist who plays all kinds of Indian and Western drums.