Inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, Veena took a giant leap in the history of literary fiction….writes Sumi Michael for Asian Lite News
London will witness the launch of a book “Charlotte’s End” written by Ms. Veena S Rao. Inspired by the utterly perplexed and baffled Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, Veena took a giant leap in the history of literary fiction by being the first Indian author to pen a complete novel set up in the backdrop of second World War, with fulfilled British characters and English framework.
Far away from her hectic schedule, Veena, a retired bureaucrat broke up all stereotype of a diplomat to come up with the new novel. She expressed that the novel is not a follow-up and it is just that she was too much inspired by the book Rebecca. She adds of the novel being end in a happy note rather than the sad endings.
The novel published by Vitastaa, New Delhi,India will be introduced to the public by distinguished Jurist Mr. Ram Jethmalani,MP on 5th December in London. Mr Noel Rands, Secretary British Indian Society, Ms Behroze Gandhy, acclaimed writer and film producer, Mr Ray McLennan, MD Motilal Books. Ambassador Deepa Wadhwa will also attend the launch of the new novel. Mr. Dinesh K Patnaik, acting High Commissioner will preside over the function.
A Post Graduate in Political Science from the University of Jammu and Kashmir, and in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, (Wolfson College), she started her career as Assistant Commissioner of Chikmagalur Sub Division in 1974, and has served as Deputy Commissioner of Coorg and Bellary Districts, Divisional Commisioner, Bangalore Division, Managing Director of the Handicraft and Handloom Development Corporations, and Secretary to Government of Karnataka in various capacities.
In 1999, she was deputed to Government of India as Joint Secretary in the Department of Women & Child Development, where she acquired expertise in one of the most critical problems facing India today – malnutrition. That continues to be the central core of her work, even after retirement, and she has taken several initiatives in this regard with the Government of India and Government of Karnataka.
She has led several delegations and represented Government of India at the UN, at UNICEF, ADB, and SAARC on issues relating to Child Rights, Malnutrition and Trafficking of Women and Children.
Today, she is an expert on development issues and governance, particularly malnutrition, and writes extensively in national and international publications, including the British Medical Journal.
She works closely with Government of Karnataka, the World Bank, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, (GAIN) and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) Sussex, UK. Presently, she is piloting projects addressing malnutrition through the inter-generational, inter-sectoral strategy conceptualized by her, in partnership with the World Bank and the Government of Karnataka.
‘Charlotte’s End’ is her first work of fiction.