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Kirthi Jayakumar

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Kirthi Jayakumar is an activist, artist and writer from Chennai, India. She founded and runs the Red Elephant Foundation, a civilian peacebuilding initiative that works for gender equality through storytelling, advocacy and digital interventions. She is a member of the Youth Working Group for Gender Equality under the UNIANYD. Kirthi is the recipient of the US Presidential Services Medal (2012) for her services as a volunteer to Delta Women NGO, and the two-time recipient of the UN Online Volunteer of the Year Award (2012, 2013). Her second book, The Dove's Lament, made it to the final shortlist for the Muse India Young Writers' Literary Award. Kirthi was recently invited to the United State of Women Summit at the White House in Washington ...more

Average rating: 4.47 · 201 ratings · 87 reviews · 11 distinct works
The Dove's Lament

4.69 avg rating — 48 ratings — published 2015 — 2 editions
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The Doodler of Dimashq

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Stories of Hope

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Essays on Gender in Peace a...

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Chronicles of Urban Nomads

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The Dove's Lament by Kirthi Jayakumar
"A book that makes you sit up and think.. and educates you about what people around you and in remote corners of the world, far away from you, are going through in their everyday lives.
It's true that when calamities are reported in terms of numbers..." Read more of this review »
The Dove's Lament by Kirthi Jayakumar
"Having recently read another book by this author, I proceeded to search out more of her work.
This book is spread across 12 different short stories; varying from the Rwandan Genocide to the Srebrenica Massacre, from the Israel-Palestine conflict to..." Read more of this review »
The Dove's Lament by Kirthi Jayakumar
"The Dove's Lament is a gripping book from start to finish.

This collection of fictional short stories is unique, bold and extremely vivid. Kirthi Jayakumar's writing style is descriptive and poignant. Detailed, yet every word is memorable. Her use..." Read more of this review »
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When Padma Bani Paula by Anupama Jain
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Anupama Jain's reputation as a writer sets the stage for her novel: funny, authentic, spontaneous and unapologetic, Anupama's style found its crowning glory in her debut novel. Padma and Paula live in all of us - and her story that trundles through m ...more
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House of Discord by Sadiqa Peerbhoy
House of Discord
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At a time and age when hate is the norm and compassion but the exception, one wonders how conflicts of the past could turn into truly logical historical lessons to teach the most important learning of all - never again. I grew up at a time when the d ...more
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Padmavati The queen tells her own story by Sutapa Basu
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It's not easy to write about a character that has courted controversy - much less while in the thick of controversy. Sutapa Basu accomplishes the feat as though dusting a feather of her shoulder - casually, but intriguingly and in the most insightful ...more
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The Inevitable by Ashay Abbhi
The Inevitable
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The Doodler of Dimashq by Kirthi Jayakumar
“Have you had your own, personal earthquake? Here is what it feels like. Your insides feel like they are stretched, ready to explode. And from outside, there is a crushing pressure that is holding you down, pinning you with a force that you’ve never known. You cannot breathe. You cannot move. You cannot understand any of the words that are being said to you. A water curtain falls in front of your face, as tears drench your eyes blurring everything in sight.”
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“And maybe, just maybe, there is hope, after all.”
Kirthi Jayakumar, Stories of Hope

“She walked up to the window. It was raining.
The heavens were grieving, too.”
Kirthi Jayakumar, Stories of Hope

“Days rolled into weeks, weeks into months. Our realities were one. We tried, though. We tried to brave it through. Why, I don’t know. We had the power to release ourselves from the shackles that held us, but we didn’t. Were we there for each other, so we didn’t leave one to fend for itself alone? Or were we there because we were just there? I don’t know.”
Kirthi Jayakumar, Stories of Hope

“Days rolled into weeks, weeks into months. Our realities were one. We tried, though. We tried to brave it through. Why, I don’t know. We had the power to release ourselves from the shackles that held us, but we didn’t. Were we there for each other, so we didn’t leave one to fend for itself alone? Or were we there because we were just there? I don’t know.”
Kirthi Jayakumar, Stories of Hope

“But those moments I spent with her on the terrace... I will never forget them. We played like little girls. We saw colours come vividly to life before us. We joked. We laughed. We were us. In those moments when we threw mugfulls of water into the open space, I saw that we were two faces to one soul. She, bucolic. I, urban. She, conventional. I, modern. She, her. I, me. Sisters, the members of a sorority of pain. But the problems were one, real, single.”
Kirthi Jayakumar, Stories of Hope

“When hope crashes, almost immediately, a future smashes into smithereens- into a thousand broken mirror pieces, while you're left with your pallid, hopeless eyes staring back at you. You hear no sound as the tiny splinters fall into the soulless depths of despair. Somewhere so deep, a chasm akin to a black-hole, that nothing that goes in can ever be brought back. Not even your dreams. Or hopes.”
Kirthi Jayakumar, Stories of Hope

“If it was in Grief, it was philosophy, if in joy, it was madness. Just the way a philandering flame could be for warmth, or for arson. My hands clutch my stomach, as wave after wave kicked my feet.”
Kirthi Jayakumar, Stories of Hope

“She felt no pain, the men in surgical scrubs said, but how could they know?
Did they realize that another heart bled as she fought for life?
Did they realize the invisible cord that connected her to me, was still firmly in place despite the only physical one being cut up?
Or did they see those dreams as she did- those years of school, college, fun, happiness and childlike love that would never happen, ever, between them?
Did they know, I wanted to call her Hope?”
Kirthi Jayakumar, Stories of Hope

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