Shilpa Suraj’s book, A Barren Heart is one that takes the reader through an emotional journey of a woman and her relationship struggles following the failure of her multiple attempts to conceive. We have on the blog today, Shilpa Suraj, the author of A Barren Heart speaking to us about the journey of the author through this amazing book. Don’t forget to check out the book on Amazon and Goodreads.
Even as I wrote A Barren Heart, I knew it would be a challenging story to tell. And yet, it was one that I felt needed to be told, to be brought out into the light.
For women who yearn to have a child, whether out of their own natural instincts, or years of societal conditioning or even familial pressures, whatever their reasons might be infertility can bring untold grief into their lives.
Untold, dismissed and buried…It’s a topic that ends up being a shameful secret that cannot be discussed openly.
Rhea, the heroine of A Barren Heart, isn’t under any familial or societal pressure to have a child. Neither is her husband or his family putting any kind of pressure on her for the same. She’s dreamt of being a mother and taken it for granted that one day she would have a child to complete her family. And is unable to accept that her family is already complete.
Her repeated unexplained miscarriages leave her grappling with a fundamental emotion – hope. The fact that the doctors are unable to find any reason or explanation for the recurrent miscarriages leaves her feeling that maybe the next time would be different. Or the next time. Or the next…
Her husband, Aman, is unable to understand why she can’t just stop…Why having a child seems to define her happiness…Why she can’t say enough and move on…Why their marriage and their life together is not enough…Why he is not enough…
Neither is right and yet, neither is wrong. They are just feeling emotions that don’t align with each other’s hopes. And when that happens, there is nothing left to do but find a middle ground that both can live with or walk away to find peace on your own.
Sometimes, we need to forego our quest for happiness and settle for peace. And sometimes, we need to fight. For peace, for happiness, for love…
More About The Book A Barren Heart By Shilpa Suraj:
Aman and Rhea seem to have the perfect marriage. They are madly in love – with each other, with their own careers and the home and life they are building in a quiet Mumbai suburb.
Rhea is a successful interior designer with a thriving business while Aman is a commercial pilot who is at peace with his life, on the ground and in the skies! What could possibly be lacking in their picture-perfect marriage?
Like most women, thirty-plus Rhea Chakraborty wants to hold her own flesh and blood in her arms. And Aman too wants the same.
Or does he?
After another unexplained miscarriage that takes a severe emotional, physical, and psychological toll on them, Aman isn’t sure if having a baby will complete them or destroy them.
Suddenly, Rhea and Aman find the fabric of their stable marriage fraying beneath the strain of their failed conceptions. Where once they were a team with a common goal, they now find themselves on opposite sides with shifting goalposts.
A Barren Heart is set in so-called modern India and is the story of the struggle of an affluent, educated couple who are still fighting the shackles of societal indoctrination and expectations and losing each other in the process.
About Shilpa Suraj:
Shilpa Suraj wears many hats – corporate drone, homemaker, mother to a fabulous toddler and author. An avid reader with an overactive imagination, Shilpa has weaved stories in her head since she was a child. Her previous stints at Google, in an ad agency and as an entrepreneur provide colour to her present day stories, both fiction and non-fiction.
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