International Women’s Day 2023: March 8 is an important date to remember because it is International Women’s Day. Its roots can be traced back to the early 1900s when women in America began to fight for their labor rights. The movement quickly spread to Europe, where women became increasingly empowered.
Women are pioneering the creation of uplifting memoirs, guidebooks, and research texts that aim to inspire and empower other women and men to fight social injustices and inequalities.
Literary assistance for female empowerment has also grown in popularity, giving rise to a slew of acclaimed female authors. Get your dose of female literary inspiration this International Women’s Day with Assam-based Assam Author Chayashree Pathak and her Destined Rendezvous. There is a book for everyone, whether you like autobiographies, fiction, or fantasy. Chayashree’s books, Destined Rendezvous and Till The End Of Time, will leave you wanting more!
A Destined Rendezvous is one such story that not only attempts to define love, but also tells us how unpredictable life is and why it should be big and large, but not necessarily long.
Shreya’s undying love for “A” is the story of A Destined Rendezvous, an alphabet she became acquainted with after reading about it and its feelings in a random diary she found accidentally on a flight.
Chayashree Pathak delves deeper into her literary world, her inspiration, and the complexities of relationships in a candid conversation with Batori24.
- Brief Introduction of you:
People refer to me as Chaya or Chayashree. Guwahati is where I was born and raised. I began writing when I was ten years old, with poems. Haahiye Jiwon was the title of my first poem (Smile is Life). Along with writing, I enjoy travelling, painting, and reading.
- How has your journey from MBA to author of two popular books been?
My MBA in HR also aided me greatly in my journey. A lot. Meeting new people, learning new things, learning about different cultures, values, and perspectives.
I believe that after my books were published, I simply gained more perspectives. I still work, but I’ve realised that if you spread your wings, life has a lot to offer. Even on days when I have a long/tough day at work, I make an effort to write or read for a few minutes. This assists me in remaining grounded and connected to my roots.
- Do you believe your writing experience has been shaped by your extensive journey through Guwahati, Pune, and now the United States?
Absolutely. Every person, experience, event… everything has made a significant contribution. Making friends, talking to strangers, hearing their hearts out, visiting places, learning the stories behind the places… all of these things, good and bad, have served as catalysts.
- ‘A Destined Rendezvous,’ your second book, delves into the complexities of relationships. Could you please comment on it?
Yes. It is ostensibly a love story, but it also addresses the complexities of love. It calls into question the textbook definition of love. It portrays divorce in a completely different light, and it demonstrates that love can occur at any age. It discusses how HOPE is the most important component of life and how without it, life is meaningless.
- Do you think it’s a challenge to write in English as still now most of the readership in Assam has Assamese readership?
I don’t see it as a challenge. The challenge, however, is “being new” in terms of readership in Assam. It is difficult to gain trust unless one is well-known. But I am confident that once someone has read one of the books, they will seek out the next.
I studied in a vernacular medium but have always read in a variety of languages. I have always believed that a good book or any form of art transcends language, city, or country. I used to read translated books before reading the originals even when I was learning English.
- What’s your next project? Any hint?
I’m working on two projects at the same time. One is a collaboration, while the other is independent. It will undoubtedly be something new.