Synopsis: In modern Melbourne, Rosemary is introduced to a horrific truth about her parents, Shabana and Ted – a truth that goes all the way back to Kolkata, 1975. Even before the national crisis of the Emergency, social divisions are widening. Dark times are gathering.
Kolkata is also where Shabana and Ted meet: Shabana is a maid in the foreign office, while Ted is a young diplomat from Melbourne. The two form an unconventional relationship that grows into love under the shadow of Urdu poetry and Western literature.
Against cultural differences, both fight for acceptance – Ted from his manipulative mother, and Shabana from her overbearing father. They find themselves caught in a web of family secrets and betrayal, all to be re-introduced forty years later to Rosemary.
Will Rosemary take revenge?
Or will she disappear into the realm of her happiness?
As an Indian ex-pat and an independent woman in her forties, author Nandita Chakraborty knows a lot about the pressures of a cross-cultural existence. After moving to Melbourne in search of a more modern life in 2000, Nandita had her own cross-cultural love story after she married a much older Anglo man. She experienced firsthand how love could divide and create huge misunderstanding between families. Despite having experienced many disappointments including the breakdown of her marriage Nandita has always been an advocate of love. After her divorce she like so many fell victim to a horrific blackmail encounter via an online dating experience. An occurrence which has become prolific in society today, especially for women. However, it was one of the darkest periods in India’s history known as ‘The Emergency’ which inspired her most recent love story, Rosemary’s Retribution.
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About the Author – Nandita Chakraborty
Nandita Chakraborty was born in Kolkatta, India into a small conservative family that has always been associated with arts. Her father was famous Bengali film producer, Dhiresh Kumar Chakraborty, who won many accolades in the field of Indian Cinema. His film, Aakaler Sandhane, was the first Indian film in a regional language to win the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1980. He also won the President’s gold medal and was an international award winner at the Venice and London Film Festivals. Her sense of creativity started at a young age. Along with her siblings, she was sent to boarding school at the age of seven in the hills of Meghalaya, India. Later, the family settled in New Delhi, where she attended Sri Venkateswara University and studied Political Science by day – and by night she would attend fashion and visual merchandising school.
In her third year in college, she went on to pursue Diploma in Visual Merchandising in Delhi, leaving behind her career in Political Science. She began to work with a well-known designer in India; and found fame and fortune down that path but it still did not leave her creatively satisfied. In 2000, she came to Melbourne, Australia where she started her own fashion boutique with her then husband. It was not until after a difficult divorce when she began searching for something that would define her purpose in life. She found solace in writing again. In 2011, Nandita fell 40 metres during a horrific rock climbing accident which left her with a traumatic brain injury resulting in a cognitive
In 2017, Nandita successfully published her second novella, Meera Rising – which was launched in both Australia and India.
These days Nandita is still living and writing in her adopted hometown of Melbourne and being inspired by love.