Un­rav­el­ling the Amer­i­can dream

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - ENTERTAINM­ENT - Aishwarya Khosla

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.

KARUN SHARMA/HT

Au­thor Tanushree Ghosh dur­ing the launch of her book, From An­other Land, in Chandi­garh on Fri­day.

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