New Delhi | German author Roswitha Joshi uses domestic as well as professional fronts of an Indo-German journalist couple as canvas to paint a picture of present-day India, highlighting issues ranging from child labour, role of media to marital rape in her new book.
“Trapped in Want And Wonder” is a bi-cultural love story, in the course of which both Dev and Dora become not only passionate lovers but professional rivals as well.
The novel, published by Leadstart, was born in two stages.
Delhi-based Joshi’s original intention was to write the novel focused solely on child labour, as, according to her, she had, many a times, the dubious distinction of observing it at close quarters, and that in unexpected ways.
“Each time, however, others dismissed my interpretation of what I had seen as smelling a rat where none existed. In other words: it was played down as harmless. I realised there were numerous perspectives and all of them embedded in a foggy grey area, which I felt like shedding light on,” she says.
“After I had finished about half the novel my focus shifted to the electronic media, and what I saw and heard there shocked me out of my wits.
“The shouting matches that showed off anchors as powerful actors or tools in invisible hands, the lack of civility, the denial of genuine, open-minded discussions, the obvious technical and financial manipulations, the tearing down of reputations etc. My thinking tools started to work overtime to figure out what could lie behind the ‘show’,” Joshi said.
The challenge before her then was to weave an exciting fabric out of both strands.
“Since the frame of the novel is an Indo-German love story, I mixed a heavy dose of passion, including the possibility of marital rape, into the cocktail.”