Neelam Saxena Chandra – Neela Senthil’s tale of two refugees is written in a lucid manner

Neelam_Chandra - ReviewerNeelam Saxena Chandra is an Indian poet and author. She has written children’s stories and poetry. She also writes fiction in English and Hindi. She has received several awards including the Rabindranath Tagore International Award in 2014. She has been featured as a nominee on the long-list of the Forbes India 100 Celebrity list and has been honored with Premchand Puraskar by Ministry of Railways.

Neela Senthil (Dr. M. Neelamalar) teaches media sciences at Anna University, Chennai. She has written a number of books and research articles. She has presented various papers in national/international conferences/seminars and has travelled widely and visited the countries such as the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Mauritius for this purpose. Her published books include, Media Law and Ethics, Kargil Revisited: ImAn Endless Refugeages and perceptions of the Kargil War after Ten years, Print Media Coverage of the 26/11 Mumbai Terror Coverage and Nationalism and National Integration in Tamil Films. An Endless Refuge is her first published work of fiction. She hopes to follow it up with many more of the same genre. She lives in Chennai with husband Dr. V. S. Senthil Kumar and her two children.


Sri Lankans seeking refuge to other parts of the world in search of a better life…. Are they really getting that better life or just end up as asylum seekers in a detention centre. Does their ordeal in boats pay off? Or would they always be treated as a second class citizen? Sudhakar’s family came to India as refugees from Sri Lanka when he was a child. Now he is very keen and determined to do Ph.D on ‘Sri Lankan crisis’. But he is turned down by every professor and prospective guide he approaches. Would he be able to achieve his dream degree on this adopted land?
I always look for books beyond boy-meets-girl stories. An Endless Refuge by Neela Senthil (Dr. Neelamalar Maraimalai)was one such novel.The novel is a tale of two refugees – one a Kashmiri and another a Sri Lankan. Though their native lands are different, their woes are the same. They share the same helplessness and worries but manage to find solace in what life has to offer them. Ironically, there is another character in the same novel who has everything but always thinks that she is a sufferer. The book is written in a lucid manner and is a good first book by an author.



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