Unravelling the American dream
CHANDIGARH: “Is really anything best for any nation if it goes against the interest of the human race?” asked author, activist, and tech professional Tanushree Ghosh, as she launched ‘From An-other Land’ in Chandigarh, on Friday.
In her gripping narrative, Ghosh has unravelled the American dream that has lured many third world immigrants to the US in search of better opportunities. The book is structured with connected narrations diving into the socio-political issues that afflict the immigrants. Though fiction, the book presents the reader with interconnected stories based on true incidents.
Ghosh says she collected stories over a long period of time and tapped into her personal experiences and those of the people she knew to pen the book.
“The immigrant is already vulnerable and insecure as he is cut-off from his support system and a change in policy adds to his stress,” she adds.
The author says, “People
THE AUTHOR SAYS SHE COLLECTED STORIES OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME AND TAPPED INTO HER OWN EXPERIENCES TO PEN THE BOOK
who go to the US in search of work often go on the H1B visa (an employment-based, nonimmigrant visa for temporary workers) that stipulates that their spouse accompanying them may not work. The housewives accompanying their husband do not realise that value is based on productivity in America and end up with grappling social isolation.”
Ghosh portrays the reality of immigration by unveiling the apparent lustre that surrounds it.
She defends immigrants’ right to dream in a landscape increasingly being taken over by the narrative of nationalism.
Author Tanushree Ghosh during the launch of her book, From Another Land, in Chandigarh on Friday.