Book Festival: Susmita Bhattacharya - The Normal State of Mind
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Plymouth writer Susmita Bhattacharya launches her debut novel The Normal State of Mind a story of two women struggling to find their identity in a male-oriented society.

It’s the end of a millennium. India has made tremendous progress in science and technology, but in these times of economic boom can a friendship between two women give them the power to defy society, and law, to reach for their dreams?

Dipali, a young bride, is determined to make her marriage a success story. But her plans are cut short when her husband is killed by a bomb blast in Mumbai and she struggles to find her place in life.  In Calcutta, as Moushumi’s parents discuss potential husbands, the school teacher prefers to escape to her high-flying lover. But how long can she keep her forbidden affair secret beyond the safe walls of glamorous art crowd parties?

In the midst of communal riots, India too has to make her own decisions about which traditions she must keep, and which she ought to let go. At the end of it all, who can decide what is the normal state of mind? 

Susmita Bhattacharya was born in Mumbai, India. She sailed around the world in an oil tanker for three years with her husband, recording her voyages through painting and writing journals. She received an MA in Creative Writing from Cardiff University in 2006 and has published several short stories and poems. She lives in Plymouth with her husband, two daughters and the neighbour’s cat.

Location: Waterstones, 65 New George Street, Plymouth, PL1 1RJ. 

Free admission.

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