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27 Broken Footprints – Another discussion with the author

27 Broken Footprints is a narrative weaved around recent popular events dissecting and exploring pressing contemporary issues while raising a few questions – some old, some new – is vigilante form of justice an answer to today’s rapes in India? Where have all our heroes gone? Can a girl from IIT ever be a real woman? Can one really get over the hurt of their first failed love? The darkness of misery – can it lead one to kill? How much does one really pay for fame – acquired and lost? And is forgetting the only way to stay truly happy?

She got in touch with me recently, the writer of this book, asking me if I would like to discuss the book. This post is an excerpt from the conversation.
But before we get there, below is the cover of the book.
What all can you see there?
Do you see the woman, do you see her tears, do you see the seashore?
Do you see the legs, the four faces and the throned path? 


Me: The section Inside Dairy in 27 Broken Footprints starts with the chapter Are IIT girls afraid of dark circles? What prompted you to delve on the beauty quotient of IIT girls?
Preeti: It was in my third or fourth year that I wrote this piece. As far as my memory serves me, there were a couple of articles in leading dailies discussing the same topic,and those articles had words like – she’s the man, she males – yes, these were the words used to describe the girls from my college. These articles, discussions about these articles within my own circles and also the general perception regarding iit girls and beauty, prompted me to not just delve, but to write about….write about what I wrote about.

Me: It is a prevalent belief that beauty and intelligence are inversely related. Popular beliefs aside, was the chapter in Are IIT girls afraid of dark circles written on a defensive note?
Preeti: No. It is satire. Not defence. In fact, you cannot miss the mockery amongst the words.


Me: What is the section The Other Woman about?
Preeti: This is the first chapter that you will come across in 27 Broken Footprints. It is a love-hate-revenge story. The story moves very rapidly in future, past and the present.

I am going to quote directly from the book here –

As far as stories in this book, The Other Woman, I think makes for a difficult read. It’s about a girl in love and a girl out of love. It’s about her innocence, her faith, her love and her cold-blooded deeply-disturbing revenge.”

Here is another teaser from the book – 27 BROKEN FOOTPRINTS — LIKE ME, YOU ARE – OUR FICTIONAL REALITY

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27 Broken Footprints — Like Me, You are – our fictional reality

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This is a teaser of one of the sections from a book that my friend has written. The book is called 27 Broken Footprints and the section is called : Like Me, You are – our fictional reality


A lot of things happen in our times – around us to us to them to him to her to someone you know to someone you don’t know to someone you will never know. It is only those which we choose to care about only those which we care to observe, it is only these which make up our universe. History is always limited to the observer. So is the present. But too many things happen either way. It is up to the observer, it is up to us to choose what we care about.

The Chapter — Like Me, You are – Our Fictional Reality

Office – Cafe – Park – Her House – Park – Subway – Highway

Themes – So much is happening, what will you observe?
Work place pressure, obsession with fair skin, bullying in high school, popular kids, objectification of women in advertising/media/movies -_- everywhere, low intellect politicians, social commentary by politicians, education, poverty, legal system, status of women in society, perverted human mentality, social norms, stupid social norms, popular culture, rape, vigilantism, rich vs poor, naivety, children.

She is young, ambitious, thoughtful. She is borderline feminist, not too vocal about her views. She writes about what she feels for strongly though. Her thought process on how she understands the patriarchal society around her is laid bare to the readers.  Then something terrible happens to her. And her thoughts change. She writes about that too.

Things you should look our for
Her thoughts followed closely by her articles.
The lizards.
The footnotes, yes please pay special attention to them.
The lizards.
Her last article.

If you have any questions/queries then please leave a comment below and she will get back to you. Her book is called 27 Broken Footprints and it comes out next month.

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Photo Credit – This one here.

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