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Tishani Doshi transforms grief into expression of life

Sebastian Partogi

The Jakarta Post

Ubud, Bali  /  Sat, March 30, 2019  /  03:01 pm
Tishani Doshi transforms grief into expression of life

A passionate artist: Indian poet and dancer Tishani Doshi channels her energy into her creative work, which she hopes can bring joy to readers and audiences everywhere. (Courtesy of Adil Hasan/-)

Indian writer Tishani Doshi has long been aware that India is a dangerous place for women based on incidents she read about in newspapers. Initially, the author, who was born in Chennai (previously known as Madras) in 1975 and currently lives in Tamil Nadu with her husband, writer Carlo Pizzati, said she could not really grasp the danger on a visceral level because she lived a safe and privileged life. However, the tragic death of her friend, Indian perfumer Monika Ghurde, changed everything. Ghurde, who had been Doshi’s close friend for a long time, died tragically on Oct. 6, 2016 after being raped and murdered. A 21-year-old man named, Rajkumar Singh, was accused of the crime. “The event changed the whole equation for me because the victim was my close friend. Typically, when you read such cases in the newspaper, you don’t have to imagine what a victim&rsq...