Author Poulomi Sanyal draws upon her own experiences as a woman in the modern professional world to tell the stories of two women struggling with finding balance in their lives.
In the first of two stories, teenagers Rupa and Minerva think they will be friends forever. The two high school girls are virtually inseparable, despite their many differences. Years later, Rupa looks back on that relationship and the dramatic incident that ended their friendship. While she writes her memoir and travels the world, she comes to a realization about her connection with Minerva and the experiences they shared.
The second story centers on Ariana, a Canadian Iranian engineer. She is happy with her work in Toronto, but a friend’s surprise career move brings back old memories of a previous job in Montreal. She hated that job and felt isolated and unappreciated. There was one person, however, who made it worthwhile.
As both Ariana and Rupa look back on their pasts, they come to startling discoveries about their current lives. Will these insights lead the two to choose different paths—or just fill them with more regret?
About the Author
Poulomi Sanyal has been writing poetry since she was ten years old, and she even created her own literary magazine when she was twelve. Sanyal was born in India but has lived all over the world, including Hong Kong and, more recently, Canada. She is fluent in English, Bengali, and Hindi, and she also speaks conversational French.
Sanyal received her master's degree from McGill University in Montreal and has spent the past eight years working in engineering in Toronto. In her free time, she enjoys writing, painting, acting, and traveling.