All the Spaces in Between

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Author: Usha Raman
Pages: 56
Year of Publication: 2009
Price: HB Rs 120, FB Rs 100
HB 978-81-8157-913-3 (9788181579133)
FB 978-81-8157-914-0 (9788181579140)

About the Author:
Usha Raman is a communications professional based in Hyderabad, having worked as a journalist, freelance writer and scientific editor for over two decades. She received a doctorate in communications from the University of Georgia in the United States after completing her undergraduate and initial professional degree from Osmania University in Hyderabad. She has written extensively for newspapers and magazines, on a wide range of topics including health, education, women’s rights, technology and issues pertaining to societies in transition. For nearly five years, she wrote a regular column for The Hindu, entitled “Career Quest”. She has been working with the University of Hyderabad where she teaches media writing and science communication in the Sarojini Naidu School of Fine Arts, Performing Arts and Communication. Usha lives with her husband, Upendran – a writer and teacher – and their two daughters, Achala and Ananya.


A daughter is born

Dredged up
From the depths of neo-natal experience
A memory stirs.
While head and hands groped for life
In the womb-darkness
Of pre-birth,
Tiny feet found
Their first breath
In the bright hospital air.
A little body
Inched out into
The adult world, defined
By adult-set hopes.
Before even,
The baby eyes saw
Their first rays of light,
The voices fell –
“It’s a girl”.

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