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PREETI ZACHARIAH
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BOOK Gynaecologist Eva Bell writes fictionalised stories of real-life incidents

Eva Bell always wanted to write but, “My father didn’t allow it. He said I must have a profession.” She went on to do medicine and became a leading gynaecologist but her dream to write never died. “My novels are all set in the places I worked in and are based on the people I met. And now that I’ve retired, I am writing all the time,” she says.Her latest novel, Runaway Widow which tells the tale of Tara, a child widow who flees from the narrow confines of her village to Bombay also has an autobiographical element to it.

“The widow is actually my cousin and much of the content in the book, including child marriage and demon worship, actually happens.”

Additionally, she has written three other novels two children’s books, and two non-fiction, in addition to several short-stories and articles that have appeared in various publications. Although she bases her books on a variety of settings, including a war-front, hospital ward, villages, and big cities, what remains common is the protagonist she creates. “I always write in the voice of a woman and the women I create are always strong. I find it easier to write in that voice because my whole professional life has been with women and I think that inherently we are all bound together,” she says. On her future plans she says, “My next book is the story of children who have been adopted from India by Germans. When they grow up they want to go back to the country of their origin and meet their biological parents. But it is very difficult to find the parents.”

PREETI ZACHARIAH

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