Overview for Bride at Ten, Mother at Fifteen: Autobiography of an Unknown Indian Woman
In the autumn of 1992, a 69-year-old woman moved from Delhi to Shimla with her youngest daughter. Four months earlier her husband had passed away; she was aching and empty. Encouraged by her daughter to write, she rummaged through the past, going as far back as 70 years to make peace with the present. The result is Bride at Ten, Mother at Fifteen : Autobiography of an Unknown Indian Woman--a story that spans personal and subcontinental history: Kandy and the plight of tea-estate labourers, Trivandrum and her in-laws, New Delhi during World War II, partition riots, childbirths, marriages, disenchantments, deaths. Then there are memorable characters--a journalist husband who would throw a fit if his pen was misplaced, a clairvoyant if distressed daughter, Sri Ramana Maharishi, and film distributor 'Paramount' Krishna Iyer. Bride at Ten, Mother at Fifteen chronicles history through the life of a woman blessed with total recall.
Sethu Ramaswamy (Author)
Mrs. Sethu Ramaswamy is the author of the celebrated autobiography Bride at Ten, Mother at Fifteen: Autobiography of an unknown Indian Women (Roli Books; 2003). In Jan. 2009, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation aired a documentary on her life produced by Sarmishta Subramanian titled 'A woman of no consequence'. At 86 she continues to read and write and has just completed a manuscript titled 'The Needle-thin Boy and other Storie'’ meant for children and teenagers. She has also written 'The Tales of Krishna' again targeted at a young audience both of which are awaiting publication. Sethu Ramaswamy lives with her daughter and son-in-law in the Jawaharlal University Campus in New Delhi and delights in cooking for the family.