From orphan to author of 3 books

From orphan to author of 3 books

Sharjah - At the age of 13, Shemi was orphaned and had to look after her four sisters.

By Staff Reporter

Published: Sun 8 Nov 2015, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Mon 9 Nov 2015, 1:00 AM

The international launch of Nadavazhiyile Nerukal (Truth in your ways), an autobiographical novel by Indian author Shemi, was held at the Sharjah International Book Fair 2015 on Friday.
The gripping story of an orphaned teenage girl, who finds empowerment in education and solace in writing, is published by DC Books.
Presenting her book to a packed audience in the Intellectual Hall, Shemi said: "Our lives can be meaningful without joining the race for political, religious and economic power if our actions are great and intentions are true.
"The book is a glance at what my life had been before I came to Dubai. When life presents you with adversities and hardships, you do not stop living but fight odds with courage and will," she said.
At the age of 13, Shemi was orphaned and had to look after her four sisters. She found shelter at an orphanage and there, she realised the power of education. She educated herself by doing odd jobs, eventually bagging a government job in India. After her marriage, she moved to Dubai. She has written three books.
Jean Markose, writer and director in the Indian film industry, said her book is a call for humanity to empathise with the likes of her around them. He also urged the audience to read Shemi's story to their children so that they understand there are many less fortunate children around them, which will instil values such as acceptance and tolerance among them.

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