UDHIRA AND HER HEART

Last year this month, I published a short fiction entitled “I have an interview tomorrow on Amazon. That was the first time I felt fulfilled in my lifetime, as I began to follow my dream by publishing a book on pursuing the dream. And I have become obsessed with its protagonist’s name and character ever since I created her. I can’t blame my psyche for being mad like this. After all, she is the birth mother of my book’s protagonist. 

Udhira! Wow, I can’t even imagine how I did elect to select this excellent name for her! In Tamil, it means ‘unshed‘ and is also an approximate short for the word ‘blood‘. Isn’t this an ideal name for a spirited woman who is on her period? 

“If we add the heart that carries a lot, every woman has two wombs.”

Most of all, writers endeavour to match their characters’ physical traits and personalities. But in contrast to that, I preferred not to speak of the protagonist’s physical aspect. It is because hers is the voice I employed to amplify the unexposed emotions of those millions of unemployed, disabled people of India. If I had decided to describe Udhira’s physical appearance, her story would have been different and indeed made no difference. 

“Though we don’t see, there is purity in dirt and dirt in purity.”

Glimpsing my book’s title, you may question me if giving an interview is such a dreadful thing that anyone can do. Yes, it is too awful, especially for disabled people. Everywhere in India, interview rooms are filled with the air of ableism. In the event that an interviewee has any disability, the interviewer treats those human beings inhumanely. In this short book, I have dealt with this unvoiced issue. 

“If your silence is misunderstood, you should speak to say that you understood.”

The story revolves around a disabled girl who departs from her hostel to attend an interview and returns frustrated once she is rejected. What she performs afterwards forms the climax of this book, which tells us the only way to annihilate unemployment and poverty is to follow our dream, heeding what the heart does scream.  

“The moon has no eyes, but it doesn’t feel shy to shine.”

If you think I have written this book purely for disabled people, I am sorry to say you are wrong. “I have an interview tomorrow” is a book written for all those who have forgotten that they have a dream. 

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About the author

Reshma Selvaraj

Hello, my name is Reshma Selvaraj. I am a graduate with a bachelor's degree in English. I am from a village called Kombadi Thalavaipuram in Tuticorin, a southern district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Tamil is my mother tongue. Though I studied English as a second language during my schooling, I enjoyed reading English poems and essays. As years passed by, I enrolled to study the literature of English in a college. That was when I began to read a lot of books both in Tamil and English. Thus I started to have a dream of becoming a writer. I have already written and published two short stories. The first short story, entitled “I have an interview tomorrow”, depicts the life of a disabled graduate searching for a job, and the second short story, titled “Aval Oru Maram”, defines the deforestation happening in the Western Ghats of India. This blog is to show the world that I am becoming what I wanted to become, and I hope that it will help you to become what you want to become.

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