Dipanvita Sehgal is a keen research scholar and writer. While many people might believe that academic writing and fictional writing are two different roads, Dipanvita feels that they can and do merge at many points. Her knowledge so far from the many lessons learnt in English Literature has not only given her a more sensitive outlook to the complex being called ‘human’, but it has also helped her write many academic and fictional pieces simultaneously through a nuanced understanding of it. Her commitment to both the academic and the fictional domain can be seen in the fact that she heads and owns Damascius International Interdisciplinary Journal, an online journal that caters to all kinds of writing (Academic and Fictional)and encourages it. She does not wish to give up writing in spite of the many ups and downs it puts a writer through. She is certain that one sunny day, she will see her fictional ventures make a difference to the world, which is in real need of a change now. She realises that the pen can wield immense power and she makes use of just that in her writing to ask questions, try to answer them and hope for a better tomorrow. And a better tomorrow will never be one where we think we have all the answers; it will indeed be the day when we are free to ask more and more questions.
Her maiden novel, A Feminist in the Making will be launched on Saturday, 8th July 2017 at Oxford Bookstore, Connaught Place from 6 PM to 8 PM. Some great Professors from DU and lots of young adults and adolescents are expected to attend the Book Launch. The teachers, who believe in different political ideas and are activists for various causes will all meet that evening and just enjoy a great event together as friends.
The three main characters of Dipanvita’s novel are ‘I’, ‘You’ and ‘He’. This is her idea to help her audience feel closer to the story and relate to it as if it was their own. In an effort to move away from societal norms and stereotypes, the protagonist ‘I’ strives to embrace the Western Post Modern. She wishes to see men around her respect women as equals and she wants to see this equality most importantly in love relations. From the first time that she falls in love, to a major heartbreak many years later in her second relationship, she discovers not just many nuances of many Indian men’s mentality but she discovers a lot about herself too and she changes from being a docile beloved to a woman of unbeatable dignity and a feminist awakening. She has the courage to acknowledge all she does openly without fear of judgement. In a land like India where Patriarchy seeps into every relation including love, women start following the norm blindly. This novel attempts to portray a different stand without being dictatorial. This is a journey of self-realisation, finding love, finding oneself more importantly and not losing out on some very beautiful bits about this culture that we were born to, in a bid to become all western. The three main characters have no names so that this story can chiefly be anyone’s story. In this age of growing intolerance towards almost each and every issue, this small effort towards Gender Awareness and embracing equality is a MUST READ!