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Manreet Sodhi Someshwar
Manreet Sodhi Someshwar is an award-winning writer (Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, RTHK); her articles have been carried by the IHT, Time Asia and other papers; and she does regular book reviews for the SCMP. An engineer and a Management graduate from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC), she was the first woman recruited into the Sales function of HLL (Unilever India) after a hiatus of twenty-odd years. Earning the Laundry Stripes is inspired by those barmy days of travelling atop detergent bags and selling soap in the 45-degree heat of upcountry India!
- The Long Walk Home
Harper Collins, New Delhi (2009)
- Seventy-one-year-old Baksh wakes up one night in pain and ventures out in search of a doctor. In the time it takes him to reach a hospital, his heart irretrievably damaged, he travels down memory lane, reliving his life lived in the border town of Ferozepur, Punjab—from pre-Partition India, to the holocaust that accompanied independence, the Indo-Pak wars, the Green Revolution and the rise of religious extremism. Increasingly isolated in the terror-infested eighties, an era of curfews, encounters and hit lists, his world all but falls apart as his wife falls under the spell of a rabid preacher; his best friend, a Hindu, flees the town; the Bar Council where he works cleaves along religious lines; and he himself makes an error of judgement that could have serious security ramifications. As he nears the end of his walk, and his life, he wonders: will there ever be a redemption, a homecoming?
- Walk the dateline Article in the Hindu, 13 May 2009.
- Literary star on the horizon. Khushwant Singh in the Tribune.
- Earning the Laundry Stripes
Rupa, New Delhi. (2006)
- Marked by the zeitgeist of a changing India the largest Consumer products company in the country, HLL, decides to recruit, for the first time, women Area Sales Managers. Enter Noor Bhalla. A woman and a Sikh, finds she is in a minority as she is welcomed to the S&M world of Sales (Sectarian & Macho).
One routine morning Noor is molested by a roadside Romeo - she delivers him a sound walloping. Days later, a twilight knock, a mosutache-twirling constable More, a possible Jail sentence - the eve teaser, he informs, is critically ill in hospital. As she struggles to successfully accomplish a year of training that takes her across India, she attempts to outsmart the increaingly avaricious More. Finally, Noor has only one card left to play - it could deliver her, or do her in.
So, go forth on the journey, seated atop detergent bags under a 45-degree sun, into the heart of contemporary and corporate India as Noor discovers the regulation life jacket does not fit and she must devise her own ways to survive.
- Sales adventures in Jhumritalaiya. Review in DNA sunday.
- Of stripes earned. Review in the Deccan Herald.
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