New Book Exposes Kenyan Way of Life "Behind the Smiles"

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Dr. Rilly Ray Rajkumar shows readers real state of Kenyan slums, encourages them to help.

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In “Behind the Smiles: An African Odyssey” (published by Partridge Singapore) Dr. Rilly Ray Rajkumar provides a compelling and earnest window into her time serving as a volunteer medical doctor outside one of Kenya’s most impoverished cities.

Offering both a history and analysis of the poverty and plight of Kenya, as well as a collection of engaging narratives recounting her personal interactions with her most memorable patients, Rajkumar vividly depicts the heart-wrenching reality of poverty as well as the joy and hope that even just one person can bring to an entire village in need of their support.

“My main aim is to touch the hearts of the readers to provide help to the poor in Kenya,” Rajkumar on why she shares this book. She believes in Julia A. F. Carney’s words that, “Little drops of water and little grains of sand make a mighty ocean and a pleasant land.”

On what her volunteer work has taught her:
“When I saw the state of the poor in the slums in 2008 that touched my heart and I said to myself 'God has given me so much of skills and education and multiple faculties to read and think etc, I should do my part in sharing some of this to help the poor. That is part of my duty in my life.”

“Behind the Smiles: An African Odyssey”
By Dr. Rilly Ray Rajkumar
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 84 pages | ISBN 9781482880588
E-Book | 84 pages | ISBN 9781482880595
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Dr. Rilly Ray Rajkumar is a physician working in a hospital in Singapore. She has three adult children and two grandchildren. Her Catholic faith gave her a soft spot for the poor, and that motivated her to work as a volunteer in a poor hospital in Kenya. She describes some of her experiences in this book. Her aim is to encourage the readers to volunteer whatever help for the poor in Kenya in whatever ways they can.

Partridge Singapore, an imprint in partnership with Penguin Random House Singapore, aims to help writers in Singapore, Malaysia, and the rest of Southeast Asia become published authors. Partridge Singapore gives authors in the region direct access to a comprehensive range of expert publishing services that meet industry standards but are more accessible to the market. For more information or to publish a book, visit or call 800 101 2657 (Singapore) or 1 800 81 7340 (Malaysia). For the latest, follow @PartridgeSG on Twitter.

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