Today I’m happy to have Tanusree Ghosh, author of ‘From An-Other Land’ sharing how she balances her time as a mom writer. This is part of the book tour for her book.
If you’re a mom writer, how do you balance your time?
Being a mother and being a writer are two identities of mine, as it’s probably is for most mother writers. For me, it will be being in genuine if I say one comes over another on any single day of my life. I mean, yes, off-course if I am asked to wake up tomorrow with only one, I will choose my child. But in my day to day living, I choose to equally prioritize both – with pride. So when I write is often when I am mothering – aka fulfilling ‘mom duties’.
I started writing extensively during my 2 weeks pre and 6 weeks post maternity leave. This was the first time in my adult living years when I had a stretch period of off. My daughter was born with the gift of cluster feeding, so I have typed on or just stared at written lines on the computer screen (inspiration/idea generation period you might call this) while breastfeeding my daughter. I don’t view that as a supreme struggle or neglect to magical moments. I see this just a doing what needs to be done to be full. There are women who have to do worse while nursing infants in many parts of the world, and the moments are still magical to me – maybe more magical as I see my identities intertwined looking back.
In the next phases of my daughter’s life, continuing into current years, I write while she is in her activity classes and I am waiting. I wrote during the hour of her ballet class. I write during her gymnastics and swimming classes, waving occasionally through the glass window and clapping at special moments. And I also miss acknowledging quite possibly quite a few moments of her smiling at me after finishing a flip or a deep dive.
During my book launches of From An-Other Land, there were events in which she sat on my lap as I spoke in the panel. The pride and excitement in her eyes and her running to everyone coming into the venues with a copy of my book is worth it all. And if anything more is needed to sate quite rare ponderings of if I am doing mothering and being mindful as a mother right, or if I could have written more in some other situation, her coming to me with a completed story (pages with a few lines and a drawing on each and the top page labelled ‘writin’ by and ‘ilastreted’ by Ira) as her first book as an author is enough.
From An-Other Land
Book Title: From An-Other Land by Tanushree Ghosh
Category: Adult Fiction, 224 pages
Genre: Short Stories, Immigrant Stories, Literary
Publisher: Readomania Publishing
Release date: December 4, 2018
Tour dates: March 18 to April 5, 2019
Content Rating: PG + M (It has mature themes in the backdrop in some stories, but doesn’t have explicit language or description)
Never has been the conversation on immigration more pertinent than now, post 2016 US elections. From cancellation of refugee protection and zero tolerance to undercurrent crackdown on H visas to the border wall – the resurgence of nationalism is hitting the globalized population head-on.
But what is immigration today? A question of life or death – fleeing of persecution? A compulsion? Or a mere pursuance of privilege? And what is the US today? A land of opportunities? Or a quagmire impossible to comprehend, inherently racist and selfish?
From An-Other Land dives deep into immigration today for the diaspora and its many facets with characters who seek to define themselves in an intercultural setting that is less and less sure of itself. A reality check and a guide for anyone who wants to understand the modern-day US.
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Tanushree Ghosh works in Tech and has a Doctorate in Chemistry from the Cornell University. She is also a social activist and writer. Her blog posts, op-eds, poems, and stories are an effort to provoke thoughts, especially towards issues concerning women and social justice.
She is a contributor (past and present) to several popular e-zines (incl. The Huffington Post US, The Logical Indian, Youth Ki Awaaz, Tribune India, Women’s Web, and Cafe Dissensus). Her literary resume includes poems and stories featured in national and international magazines (Words Pauses and Noises, UK; TUCK, Glimmer Train Honorable mention) as well as inclusion in seven anthologies such as Defiant Dreams (Oprah 2016 reading list placeholder) and The Best Asian Short Stories 2017 (published out of Singapore by Kitaab). Her first single-author book, From An-Other Land, is on immigration.
She has held different leadership roles in non-profits (ASHA and AID India) and is the founder and director of Her Rights (www.herrights.website), a 501(3) c non-profit committed to furthering the cause of gender equality. She is often an invited speaker or panelist for both corporate and non-profit endeavors.