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About The Author

Satish Desai

Satish Desai

Satish Desai is a retired civil and structural engineer. He has worked for seven years in India and forty-five years in the UK. His favourite field is reinforced concrete. His research work earnt him PhD in 1995 at the City University, London, and led to publication of some 50 technical papers in international magazines. His book containing character sketches, “Footsteps in the West”, was published in the year 2000 by Whittles Publishing of Glasgow. A Marathi book, “Anuja”, was recently published by “Granthali” (Mumbai, India). Omkarananda Ashram *Winterthur, Switzerland) has published his booklets on “Avadhuta Gita” and on “Concise Introduction to Patanjali’s Science of Yoga”.

He has served as Hon. Visiting Professor at universities of Surrey (2001–06) and Kingston (2007–2012). In the year 1998, he received OBE (Officer of the Order of British Empire) for his work in civil engineering and his services at the Department of Environment. He is “Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers, London”. The Institution presented him their “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his services over 30 years in South Eastern Counties Group and as a member of their Council for five years at their central office in London.

During his career and experience in universities, he came across talented young ladies, especially of Indian origin, who seemed to suffer because of the dominance of the men-dominated environment. In India, ladies were expected to make sacrifices and depend on men as the providers and heads of families. Men could err but ladies had to remain subservient and faithful. Satish also met some young ladies, who found the male dominance as unacceptable in the modern world, which would impede their careers, abilities and ambitions. The principal character of this book, Anuja, represents a combination of characters of some exceptional young ladies, who have tried to defy the traditions and found their ways for fulfilling their ambitions.

This is not just a story of an independent-minded Indian woman called Anuja. The story comprises composite characters, including the first person, made up with combination of lives of some remarkable persons that the author has met during so many years. He has used these characters to make composite ones and illustrated the theme, that is, the influence of changing circumstances with changing times on an Indian woman’s life, which may not necessarily represent a typical or generalized specimen. Over the centuries, the Indian society has cast a woman in a submissive and self-sacrificing role. On the other hand, men have been accepted as the masters and providers and, perhaps, even if they are susceptible to impropriety, worthy of compassion, and always deserving attention and loyalty from the women. Leading men with authority and writers of scriptures have made such a convenient division! In the changing world, it seems unjust that the abilities and ambitions of women should be constrained in such old-fashioned ways. Anuja has considered it unacceptable that a woman should continue to dance on the stage of the world, to the tune dictated by the traditional expectations, in a society dominated by men. It is regrettable that, to a certain extent, women of the present generation are responsible for their own sufferings, bowed under the burden of traditions. Anuja for one has rebelled against the injustices and led her life with scant regard to the outdated traditions.