Kolkata, Jan 17 IBNS | 9 months ago

Socialite and fashion designer Bina Ramani recently launched her new autobiography 'Bird in a Banyan Tree


The book is an autobiography of the author who donned multiple roles in her life - fashion designer, entrepreneur, restaurateur, social worker, agony aunt, visionary, socialite and other labels.

The book narrates her story of arriving as a refugee child in India during partition to having Binatone, a successful electronics brand, named after her.

The autobiography depicts her life from a nine-year-old sitting on her favourite black rock, watching the waves and weaving dreams in Mumbai, to a passionate relationship with screen idol Shammi Kapoor; from a loveless marriage and a bitter divorce, to opening her own stores; from searching for her daughters across continents, to being taken in police custody and sent to Tihar Jail for being a stubbornly honest witness; from being vilified by the media to being lauded by the country for her heroic role in the Jessica Lal murder case — in the inspiring, no-holds-barred memoir.

The launch was followed by an interesting conversation with Rita Bhimani, a well known name in the field of Corporate Public Relations and author Bhaichand Patel.


L- R Rita Bhimani, Syeda Hameed, Bina Ramani and Bhaichand Patel

The six day long, multi-faceted AKLF 2014 highlighted the woman's spirit through many of the events.

Festival Director Maina Bhagat said, "This year's Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival unfolds at a time when India is witnessing a crucial shift in power structures in the society."

Bhagat added, "Over the past few years, Indian women have outshone their male counterparts in almost every field. Nowadays, a majority of the key decision makers are women who are shaping the future of India. Women's empowerment and other less discussed aspects of women's lives, such as intimacy, a woman's space and other issues feature prominently in the AKLF 2014."

She said, " 'Forbidden Pleasures - Intimacy and Women's Lives' is a bold, thought-provoking discussion on sexuality, while 'Women of Pure Wonder' commissioned by the Vodafone Foundation has chosen women's empowerment as a key area of focus."

"We believe that when you educate, empower or support a woman to emerge victorious, you impact her entire family, her community as well as the overall social and economic development of the entire country."

She noted, " Bird in a Banyan Tree - My Story, sheds light on the lives of two courageous women - Bina Ramani and Jessica Lal. And lastly, 'First Ladies - Of Divas and Spies' speaks of the unusual path charted by two undaunted and hugely talented women. We are truly proud to showcase the indomitable spirit of Indian women in AKLF 2014."

(Posted on 17-01-2014)

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