As a diamond has many facets, so does a woman. She is a daughter, wife, mother, nurse, bread-earner, crisis manager, and the centre without which things fall apart. She devotes her life to her family and seldom gets the time or opportunity to find herself or to be herself. This anthology of short stories is an exploration of the essence of being a woman. The stories are located in Bangladesh but are equally applicable to countries all over the world. They induce in turn, feelings of pathos, sorrow, indignation, anger and helplessness. They take the reader to the depths of hopelessness and despair, but at the end offer a glimmer of hope for all.
Shamim Hamid is a Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts and was the first woman in South Asia to be selected as a Mason Fellow in the same Institute. Her research interests include Women and Development, national income accounts, microcredit, poverty, and natural resources. She has worked as a consultant to FAO, WFP, IFAD, ADB, the World Bank and the Government of Bangladesh. Her hobby is writing short stories.