Book launch event: The Girls Ate Last

Angsana Publications, Eltham Bookshop and Machan Restaurant invite you to the launch of The Girls Ate Last on 2 October 2013 (Gandhi Jayanti), 6.30-9.30pm.Cost: Single: $50.00; Couple: $80.00.

This includes a welcome drink, an Indian feast, a signed copy of The Girls Ate Last or a $20.00 gift voucher per package. Prepaid early bookings are essential: +61 3 9439 8700 or elthambookshop@bigpond.com

Thanks. The event is sold out.

The Melbourne launch was an overwhelming and humbling experience. It was a sold out event with 90 people at Machan for a vegetarian meal on Gandhi Jayanti. An evening of friendship, good will and connection. A particular thank you to Raj Ji for launching the book with such sincerity and authenticity. Also thank you to Meera Govil of the Eltham Book Shop for organising the event and believing in the book.

Thank you. We will post the photographs shortly.

Glenis, David, Yaso, Meredith and her husbandManjit at the launch Meera Govil of Eltham Bookshop Annette, Simrita, Liz and Mari at the launchRaj Ji launching The Girls Ate Last Sunil and Avjay recording the launch Supriya speaking at the launch 2 The launchSupriya speaking at the launch Supriya with the flowers from Eltham BookshopBook signing

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One thought on “Book launch event: The Girls Ate Last

  1. I am Ranjan Supriya’s sister. I wish I could come to the launch of The Girls Ate Last. My kid sister has given a vivid description of life in Rawalpindi before the Partition of India, even though she was only four years old then. Life was simple. connected with kin and secure. All that disappeared in a flash. We lost our homes and our points of reference. We were lucky that some family took us in but money was tight. Everyone had to pitch in and old taboos had to fall by the wayside. Supriya tells the story of our mother’s progress through her challenges. She flowered, pursued her dream of higher education while she worked. But it is also the sad story of our father who was used to his status as a doctor and the breadwinner whose word was law. He saw himself losing all that and also control of the fate of his family. Lata, our older sister was also working and giving him her paycheck. Lata got married one year before me. I met my husband in New York but my father met us only eight years after we were married. I only now remembered that one of the first comments he made to Siva, my husband, was that he and I should not feel responsible for the breakup of his marriage, that it was a long time coming. Our father was a man of few words and this must have required some effort and thought.

    Supriya honoured me by celebrating my Birthday recently in New York. We spent her last night here reminiscing. We have had a full life but she said she regrets the silences in some of the relationships. Well, this is a new chalenge. We must give voice to the memory of those who are no longer here, our parents and our sister, Lata. We
    owe them much.

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