What would it be like for a girl, born in one of the lowest economic levels in India, to discover her unchecked expression? How would that occur? What would be the consequences in her life and others involved? Are there only tragedies and unhealing wounds? Or are there also undiscovered and uncommon feats? What kind of character is she? And how does she use life events to distinguish her identity? What would be the benefits of learning about such a girl?
What could benefit readers from different parts of India and the world, if they were to learn about the girl’s culture and society? Would it help them connect with experiences, restrictions, and triumphs, that the readers or their elders or ancestors might have gone through? Would it be an enjoyable and moving experience? Would there be new and fascinating details they may come across?
Aishwarya's story is an uncommon feat of a common girl.
A VIDEO INTRODUCTION
I believe life is a barren land without the essential sense of wonder and affection. Since my childhood, loving women have helped me develop these qualities.
I’ve observed that people who do intangible work are not considered enough in decisions that govern our lives. Our women perform an unparalleled deed of creating our lives. And they add to the beauty and poetry of human life. Isn’t it?
Despite the inequity that exists even today in our technologically advanced civilization, women excel in businesses through their innovation, excellence, and inclusive leadership.
I have witnessed girls and women in my circle of friends and family struggle a lot more than I ever did. But I’ve always found most of them bring care and love to their interactions, no matter their difficulties.
My thoughts and imagination about such conditions led to my reflection of female children born in economically poorer sections in India. They usually do not have the guidance and care that financially and culturally developed parents offer to their children.
What events would need to take place in a poor girl’s life for her to discover her unchecked expression? What would be the consequences in her life and in those around her? Are there only tragedies and unhealing wounds in such a story? Or are there also undiscovered and uncommon feats?
And suppose I were to write about such a life,
What would readers from different parts of the world gain as they learn about the girl’s culture and society?
Would it help the readers connect with experiences, restrictions, and triumphs they or their ancestors might have experienced?
Would it be moving and enjoyable to read such a tale?
Would there be new and fascinating information the readers may come across?
When I was working on a film project with Ashokkumar, I found we shared these questions. Ashokkumar works as a Creative-Head in the cinema industry. He also helps unsupported people of all ages through ‘Aalamaram foundation, which he established in Chennai, India.
Ashokkumar has listened to countless real stories that inspired him to author a beautiful novel – ‘am a bad girl,’ that explores the above questions. He gladly consented when I asked him if I may adapt his original work in English.
It is an incredible privilege to have friends in one's life. I am glad to have a friend such as Ashokkumar, who understands human nature deeply and who works tirelessly for the welfare of people under his care.
Ashokkumar placed enormous trust in me. He offered me limitless freedom to modify his work, and I hope I have done enough justice through my efforts. I kept the original story as is from the beginning to the end and worked on certain aspects of the story, structure, dialogues and characters, including their names. So, technically this book stands between a ‘translation,’ and an ‘adaptation.’
I believe in bringing meaningful content into the creative world, especially if that means joining hands
with a soulful human being such as Ashokkumar. I deeply thank him for our friendship and for our
united product, this book.
With a sincere commitment to earning our name with you, the reader, I bring the world of Aishwarya to you.
Aishwarya’s story is an uncommon feat of a common girl.