Author Considers the Female Identity in New Novel

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T. Darshan announces the release of new book, “Paradoxically a Woman”

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In his new novel, “Paradoxically a Woman” (published by iUniverse), T. Darshan presents a powerful story of the female identity, how it has been shaped by the male gaze and why the path ahead deserves both anticipatory wonder and careful consideration.

“The book brings to light some of the perils and promises the female encounters when trying to surmount the pressures of the male circumstance,” explains Darshan. “It also brings to bear the problem of female responsibility and the problem of female identity when thrust against these pressures.”

Discussing these matters particularly in the realm of fiction held specific appeal to Darshan. “I don’t believe the complexity of the female identity has been done much justice in popular literature, and this is what largely inspired me to write ‘Paradoxically a Woman,’” says Darshan.

“Paradoxically a Woman” tells the story of Karisma, a young girl who is abandoned by her mother on a deserted train platform in New York City. Years later, Karisma is riding the A train when she feels a man observing her with an interest that is anything but casual. Although she finds it perplexing, Karisma has no idea that the mysterious man has been secretly watching her for a few days – and that he has already crafted an ingenious plan to help alleviate her challenging circumstances. But when the man who claims to be a recruiter from Princeton begins a conversation with Karisma, everything changes. He knows her name, and he knows she is a genius.

Darshan’s compelling female protagonist drives the story, tackling philosophical questions of self-determination along the way.

“I depict (Karisma) as an agent of her own creation,” says Darshan. “Many challenges arise to problematize this, but my novel insists that the female must be greater than the circumstances she finds herself in.”

About the Author
T. Darshan is proud to share his “authentic woman” philosophy through his works of fiction. He currently lives in New York.

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