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A Life Of My Own

Nominated | Book Awards 2021 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)

A Life Of My Own

‘Through a conversation between the divine and the unborn, Rupangi Sharma’s debut novel touches your heart, while raising important questions about gender violence that begins right at the womb. A compelling read.’ - Kiran Manral ‘To think that a book like this needs to be written, on the subject of gender inequality, in these so-called modern times, is a sad reflection on our society. The author has done so with such tenderness and truth, that it will resonate with every reader, male or female. An enthralling read.’ - Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal ‘A young girl's desire to protect her unborn girl against a boys-only-culture makes this novel difficult and delightful. “What if it’s not a boy…” simple words that like a dragon breathe fierce fire in this novel about families like ours.’ - Deepa Narayan Shweta is pregnant after years of issues with infertility. Her husband, Rahul, and his parents force her to consult a doctor who will illegally reveal the gender of the child. When Rahul finds out their child’s gender, Shweta faces a harsh choice—should she save her marriage or her child? Meanwhile, the unborn child hears a voice resonate within. She asks—who are you? Child, I am God, comes the reply, and a conversation begins. With elements of magical realism, this poignant novel is an unflinching portrayal of a woman’s innermost struggles in her journey to break free.

Full Title: A Life Of My Own

Author: Rupangi Sharma
Publisher: Vishwakarma Publications

Award Category: Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
About the Book: 

Shweta is pregnant after years of issues with infertility. Her husband, Rahul, and his parents force her to consult a doctor who will illegally reveal the gender of the child. When Rahul finds out their child’s gender, Shweta faces a harsh choice—should she save her marriage or her child? Meanwhile, the unborn child hears a voice resonate within.

She asks—who are you?
Child, I am God, comes the reply, and a conversation begins.

With elements of magical realism, this poignant novel is an unflinching portrayal of a woman’s innermost struggles in her journey to break free.


About the Author: 

Rupangi Sharma is an author, editor, and an edupreneur who lives and works in Mumbai. She has edited India Alive, which features South Asia’s most influential thinkers. She holds a postgraduate degree in Social Communications Media from Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai. As a certified Yoga trainer, she practices Yoga and mindfulness daily.
She is the Founder & CEO of EFG Learning | Education For Growth, a Mumbai-based education consultancy. She has worked with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, Boston, among other leading educational institutions in India and abroad.


Excerpt: 

The reverberations comforted the child, and it felt calm. Then, the child asked its first question, the first of many.

Where am I?

- You are in your mother’s womb. You will be born into the world soon.

It tried to comprehend what this meant, but could not entirely understand. It was troubled with too many questions.

- Calm down, my child. You will understand everything in time.

Who are you?

- They call me God.


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