I have been working on translating some of the writings by an award-winning woman writer of Bengal, Jyotirmoyee Devi. She was among the earliest women writers of that region and much of her work focuses on the experiences of women, be they wives, mothers or concubines. In the process of translating, I believe I got bitten by the writing bug. I have taken a number of writing courses over the last few years as time permitted. I took the Creative Writing sequence at Foothill College, and then went on to take specific on-line courses through Berkeley and UCLA and selected in-class courses at Stanford. I also attended the Squaw Valley Writer's Conference three years ago. My day job is that of a substitute teacher, but the rest of the time is for exploring the world of writing and literature.
This is the first contest that I have ever entered, and I am both honored and delighted that my piece was selected. In addition to my translations, I am also working on short stories and a novel.
"Bastille Day" is an elegant, finely wrought story of a young Indian widow battling her sensual impulses and the constraints of her culture to forge a new life consisting of small satisfactions and larger guilts.
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