Stories on self-discovery are much loved these days. In fact, this is one theme that never loses its novelty as it encompasses adequate drama, which will invariably be balanced by philosophy that people can adopt and enhance their lives. In most cases it is the oppressed beings that rise like phoenix to tell their story. Isn’t it strange, rather sad, that there are people in our society who even today bog down their fellow human beings to such an extent of making them helpless.
After a period of time, their submissiveness will rob them of their sanity; they will lose their ability to think logically so much so they will begin to harbour extreme emotions when faced with reality.
‘Anamica: The Secret of Her Awareness’ is one of those few good books that deal with this topic. The protagonist of the novel Anamica- meaning a nameless person - has everything to boast about. But she is not happy in life. She is a woman who dons many roles to bring a smile on the faces of her near and dear ones, sacrificing her needs in the bargain. And her needs aren’t that far-fetched, either. All she desires is a healthy and peaceful life and the fulfillment of her secret dream.
Her trials and tribulations surface when she sets out to seek why her life is not peaceful enough and why she is not happy despite society labelling her a successful professional.
Written by Dubai-based journalist Nisha Sanjeev, the book is an autobiographical novel. Nisha says, “About 80 per cent of the book is based on incidents in my life. Some are exaggerated while others dramatized for effect.”
Like all new writers, she too had to face the wrath of publishers. But that did not stop her from launching her first novel. She self-published the book.
While, her middle-class upbringing is well portrayed in the book, there’s a lot for today’s women to enjoy in the 200-odd pages. From despairing office politics to bothersome relatives and a love affair that went sour, Anamica has everything that an Indian woman can relate to. The novel will leave you with several engrossing moral dilemmas provoking you to think about what is the truth and what is perceived as the truth.
To know more about the author, visit her website www.nishasanjeev.com.