In 1980, leaving behind her family and friends in her home town,
Calcutta, India, a 21-year-old woman arrives in America for graduate
studies in electrical engineering, a predominately male field of study.
As the only woman in her engineering classes, she must prove herself to
her classmates and instructors and pave the way for others coming after
In her daily life she deals with many challenges: financial
struggles, an unfamiliar culture, a new educational system and academic
field, and prevailing loneliness.
Brought up in a tradition-bound happy family, surrounded by parents,
siblings and grandparents, her life in America is isolated and she
misses all the familiar religious and social celebrations and
ceremonies. Homesickness and the stresses of school and daily life
interweave with sweet memories of her Calcutta home. She adheres to her
family’s expectations while she learns to adapt to life in the U.S.
Paperback | ISBN 978-1-937565-77-0 | 232 Pages