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Launch of the Book ‘Destiny’s Dalliance’ by Neena Thimmaya

Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) in association with Asian Paints and Marico Bangladesh is organising the launch of ‘Destiny’s Dalliance’, a book written by Mrs. Neena Thimmaya, by Mr. Pankaj Saran, High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh, at 5:45 PM on November 8, 2014, at the IGCC, House No. 35, Road No. 24, Gulshan-1.

Destiny’s Dalliance reflects the situation of the urban Indian woman. The dilemma she faces whilst juxtaposing her innate values and the values of the society today.

Mrs. Neena Thimmaya has chosen to write her first novel after taking a sabbatical from her work as an engaging English Literature teacher and diligent administrator. Spending a career spanning fifteen years, she has finally had the opportunity to rekindle her true passion; writing. A collection of experiences, including an intensive CELTA course in the United Kingdom, has aided her in her journey to ensure each word bleeds linguistic style and artistic integrity.

The book launch ceremony will be followed by a discussion session on the book, when the author will read excerpts of the book, and discuss various aspects of the book with two discussants, Prof. Syed Manzoorul Islam, a prominent academic, writer critic and a Professor of English at Dhaka University; and Mrs. Neerupama Subramanian, an eminent author from India.

Syed Manzoorul Islam is a Bangladeshi academic, writer, novelist, translator, columnist, and critic. He is a professor of English at the University of Dhaka. He has published several collections of short stories and several novels from Dhaka and Kolkata. His works of fiction have been highly praised for their surrealistic, magic realistic and post-modernistic nature. He received a Bangla Academy Award in 1996, and his 2005 short stories collection Prem o Prarthanar Galpo was Prothom Alo’s book of the year.

Mrs. Nirupama Subramanian is the author of two bestselling novels. Keep The change was published in 2010 and was nominated for the Crossword Popular book award in 2011. Intermission was released in July 2012. She was also a part of a 24 hours international book project in 2012 which featured writers from four countries who collaborated to write a novel within 24 hours. She was also a winner of the prestigious Commonwealth Short Story Competition prize in 2006 for her short fiction. Mrs. Nirupama Subramanian is a professional facilitator and a certified coach in the area of Personal Transformation and Leadership Development. She is passionate about working with people to enable them to realize their potential and enhance their quality of life.

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