Dr. R A MashelkarNational Research Professor, NCL, Pune.
President - Global Research Alliance.
'Darpan - Stories of Indian Woman in Transition' is truly absorbing. Indeed, I found this work eminently readable and insightful. In the book, there is a wide diversity of characters of Indian Women that are portrayed by the author Sesh Damerla. They range from poor to the neo-rich, from those that are suppressed and victimized to those that triumph over the adversity showing exceptional courage and character.
As Sesh Damerla points out my stories attempt to reflect a majority of woman for whom transition has been an upward movement from total dependence on a man to survival and further on to empowerment, be it total or partial. And she is absolutely right here. I am sure the readers will find this collection of stories of an ‘Indian woman in transition’ both informative and inspirational.
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Dr. Radhakrishnan PillaiAuthor of the book, Corporate Chanakya, winner of the 2009 Sardar Patel Award, leading Management Guru and also the Director of The Chanakya Institute of Public Leadership (CIPL).
It is often said, that men cannot understand women. It is true to some extent, but if a woman can write so beautifully and express the woman in her, men can at least come close to a womans’ thinking....Sesh has done that with her wonderful work – Darpan (yes a mirror to oneself)
One cannot but associate with each of the characters as if it was one’s own mother, sister, wife or daughter. I felt like a woman, as I was reading through these stories. Maybe, making me a better man.
Sesh has an amazing way of storytelling, the way it is told in our Indian tradition. Stories are a way to a persons’ heart and feelings. But each story has a different moral for every person. So read on to find your moral and meaning from each story. Best wishes Sesh for a best seller in making. Click to read full review
Geeta MongaAn engineer now home maker.
At last, we have a vibrant new author on the Indian scene! Sesh Rao Damerla eloquently weaves tales around the various vicissitudes faced by an Indian woman and how she rises to the occasion, undaunted by her circumstances. Be it a Chandra who literally faces a ‘life and death situation’ or Paranjala the canny but sensitive politician or the courageous Sabina or even Mani who grabs life with both hands! The ethos that echoes in each and every story is heartfelt and will surely convince the reader that there is more to her than meets the eye!
R. GopalakrishnanDirector, Tata Sons Limited.
Story telling has always proved to be the finest way of messaging subtly. These stories make the reader aware of how influenced in our attitudes we are by the lenses we have on our eyes. The other half of humanity is about to be released from its traditional status. A subtle change is going on. Bravo to Sesh Damerla!
Sudha MenonAuthor of best selling books Legacy and Gifted
A book that talks about life as it is for every woman in this country.
Dolly ManghatAn international motivational speaker and Astrologer.
Going through Darpan one tends to connect with it instantly. The stories are so well written that they touch a cord in your heart somewhere makes you relive the moments and a realization sets in. Sesh has very well brought out the changing patterns of one's behavior and attitude as you grow in life. The stories are not only related to the elitist in fact it speaks of women from all walks of life right from the rural to the urban. With the simplicity of the language and the free flowing words the realization of the harsh truth faced by women from all walks off life hits you deeply. A reading which can inspire many of us & make us realize the strength we all possess within.
R. V. KrishnanFounder, BDB India Private Limited.
This is a collection of captivating stories in contemporary Indian setting, narrated in an easy, flowing and charming style of storytelling. Covering a wide array of what seems like real life situations, every reader – of any gender or age – can relate instantly with the characters in the tales. For me, this induced a sense of participation in the events unfolding in the stories; and made it great fun to read them!
Sesh Damerla truly has wonderful expression and an ability to connect with readers through her characters. Her stories reveal that she has an insightful understanding of the transition that is taking place in our societies today; and of the attitudinal ambiguities such changes inevitably bring with them. Are we responding of our free will to such changes? Or are we responding through our traditional conditioning and societal pressures? Her stories hold up an excellent mirror.