Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Book Release: Shobha Warrier's "Diary of a journalist"

The Little Flower girl and Others: Diary of a journalist authored by Shobha Warrier
Shobha Warrier, a Chennai based Senior journalist (presently Associate Editorial Director at Rediff dot com) has authored a wonderful book tiled, "Diary Of A Journalist The Little Flower Girl And Others" recently.  She has shared lots of her experience as a journalist.  This will be a very useful book for the young journalism/ communication students and professionals to understand the nuances of the profession.

I reproduce below the note published in the back cover of the book.

The Little Flower girl and Others: Diary of a journalist
A story teller unravels the extraordinary stories of some ordinary people. On our journey through life we meet so many people--many we forget but some leave memories that refuse to fade away.This is a collection of true stories-of actual meetings and encounters that the author had with these people over the years as a journalist. The 11-year-old flower seller with her unfulfilled dreams, the gay men forced into lives of heterosexual unhappiness,the heart-wrenching stories of abandoned HIV positive children whom no-one wants to adopt. There are poignant stories of old women in old age homes.Among the exploited prostitutes there stands out Sandhya who proudly describes how being a sex-worker has enabled her to educate and marry off her siblings.Poor home-less pavement dwellers live together amicably regardless of their religion.One old lady tells the author:"here everyone has only one caste-Ezhari jaati-(the caste of the poor). Yet what shines through these stories isn't despair but hope and triumph of the human spirit against all odds.
About the Author
Shobha Warrier works as the Associate Editorial Director at is also a short story writer in Malayalam, having published three collections- Ramakundam, Meghana and Jalavidya. She was awarded the Lalithambika Antharjanam award for the young woman writer in Malayalam in 1996 for the book Jaalavidya. Her short stories have been translated into Kannada and Telugu. 

There are 36 diaries on real people, the marginalised in society like AIDS orphans, HIV+ people, transgender, gay people, abandoned mothers, sex workers, etc.
Details of the book
Title: The Little Flower Girl and Others: Diary of a Journalist
Publisher is Vitasta Publishing House, Pages- 134. Price Rs. 245

Available online - Flipkart  and rediff books

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