Talking to us, one of the four internees, Aarti Sachdeva, under trial for two years for murdering her husband, says: “I have been writing for many years. Poems are easy for me ... they come naturally. I do not have to scratch my brain too much for it”. It must be noted that writing runs deep in Aarti’s veins, who has penned 8000 pages of her diaries, detailing her personal battles. “These verses are very personal. There is no specific time for such sensitivity. It can strike you anytime of the day,” says Seema Raghuvanshi, who along with her spouse has been on a murder trial for four years.
The book also features some poignant pictures taken by women prisoners, that capture the life and times in the lockup. The book is compiled by Vimlaa Mehra, Director General Prisons and Dr Vartika Nanda, lecturer and journalist. “This is just the beginning. We want to publish many more such works of people who are as talented as anyone,” says Vimlaa with a proud glint in her eyes.
“These women who have penned their thoughts are not committed writers, rather emotional storytellers,” Vartika signs off, putting everything into perspective.
About the bookTitle: Tinka Tinka TiharAuthors: Vimlaa Mehra and Dr Vartika NandaPublisher: Rajkamal PrakashanPrice: Rs. 499