In the India of the nineteen eighties, ambition was not a nice word, only losers enrolled in the humanities stream at senior school and the word most often used to describe life was “struggle”. Neerja Sangha’s path received further definition when she married into the armed forces. There was always a given way of going about things.
Life was good, regulated enough to ensure security yet elastic enough to tolerate the occasional adventure. The natural thing to do would have been to cruise along. But what does one do when a person’s default setting is frozen at ‘challenging’? A keen eye moreover, for the unending byplays in human lives and the desire to assert integrity inspired her narrative of the truth as she saw it.
This author’s fuel was a memory of the girl she was at seventeen when her hands would shake riffling the latest issue of ‘The Illustrated Weekly’, she wanted to become a writer that badly.
A trained teacher, media person and presenter, Neerja Sangha blogs at http://confessionsofanambitiousmother.blogspot.com/
Having patterned her life along the dictum of ‘to learn is to live’, she studies Spanish and attends Piano lessons today. Brought up to believe that life is given to each of us in trust, this book is a validation of that spirit.