The launch of UNBOUND, Indian Women @Work at TAG Foundation Auditorium recently was very impressive in more ways than one. Seated on stage were Gita Aravamudan, the author, Anita R.Ratnam, Chief Guest of the evening and Gita, a Sound Engineer, (perhaps the only woman in the country to pursue this career) who works for the film industry.
There was nothing unusual about the format of the event per se normally organized by the publishers of the book and Madras Book Club, but what impressed me was the professional touch the whole occasion had. The author picked up to read two short case studies from her book and the third that figured was delivered by the interviewee herself providing a first hand account of her journey as a Sound Engineer, considered an unusual profession for a woman in the late eighties. It was heartening to learn that she has acquitted herself well in this male dominated profession where her work speaks for herself. Her husband and children have been very understanding about her type of work especially as it involved late hours and even at office her colleagues would lend a helping hand to take care of her kids whenever it was needed.
In the interaction Anita who said she was an avid reader from childhood, was able to provide insights into the book as well as the author’s mind (albeit confessing that she was yet to read the book) proving that she was a communicator par excellence.
The questions from the audience, which came mostly from women were well taken by the author.
Unlike most book releases hosted by Penguin where cocktails are served post event, the audience ( which comprised many book lovers and teetotalers like me) welcomed the Tea that was served prior to the function.
n.meera raghavendra rao