17 Aug 2017: “Without Prejudice: Epic Tale of a Mumbai Bar Dancer” by Devasis

PRESS RELEASE by NIYOGI BOOKS (mutatis mutandis)

New Delhi, Aug 09, 2017

Without Prejudice: Epic Tale of a Mumbai Bar Dancer, written by Devasis and published by Niyogi Books was officially launched at Title Waves, Bandra West, Mumbai, at 6:30 pm onwards, on Aug 9, 2017.

A novel on the life sketch of a fictional Mumbai Bar Dancer, a Dance Bar girl, the book delves deep into the roots of their evolution as dancers and attempts to answer how the sudden decision of closure of the dance bars ran the danger of depriving a section of the populace of a dignified (albeit not being seen so by some sections of society) way of earning their living.

The book was launched in the presence of Alyque Padamsee (Theatre personality & Advertising professional), Kiran Khalap (Brand consultant, Author and advertising professional) & Varsha Kale (Women Leader & Activist).

The session was moderated by Manasi Sontakke.

Alyque Padamsee noted that the book throws light on the dance bars which the society pervades as vulgar, dirty and cheap, though it is not and also that it is right time for the society to break such shackles of prejudice against a few.

Activist Varsha Kale added that it is the right of women to earn their livelihood if it necessarily means by flaunting their body. Ultimately it is the person's choices which matters rather than the society dictating terms.

Kiran Khalap and the author, Devasis discussed the book in detail and gave a structure to the whole discussion about the dance-bar industry.

Trisha De Niyogi, the publisher, said “Without Prejudice is the fine line between fiction and nonfiction. What starts out as a story of a young girl beautifully unwraps or rather blossoms into a story of the bigger scheme of things, a much bigger cause: Women Empowerment.”

About the Book

Is a woman’s body her own? How far does her freedom extend? What can she do when social traditions, laws of the land and above all, prejudices of individuals, bind her down; make her a slave to her own identity and turn her into a commodity to be bought and sold? How can she turn back the tidal wave of social events set loose by the origins and consequences of various social traditions? These and other questions rise in the mind of the reader who navigates the pages of the novel and follows the life of Pallavi, through her eyes and the eyes of the two men who play pivotal roles in her odyssey – Rajkumar and Roy, characters the author has lovingly sketched, as he takes the reader through a journey in time.

Devasis attended the University of Calcutta and completed his graduation in commerce. Subsequently, he did his post-graduate diploma in PR and Communications. He chose his career in advertising initially and later on he took up Public Relations as his calling. He started writing free-lance non-fiction features just after his graduation in college, since early 1980s during his spare time, and continued writing them in various Indian newspapers and magazines till 2003. Thereafter, because of varied overseas and domestic senior executive roles and assignments, his articles became few and far between.

Devasis currently lives in Mumbai with his family. Without Prejudice is his maiden novel.
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