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BENGALURU: Even as actor Kubbra Sait’s book Open Book: Not Quite a Memoir has just hit newsstands, his mother Yasmin Sait is preparing for the release of her book, Manan. Even after decades of striving for female empowerment, women still juggle multiple responsibilities while putting their emotional needs on the back burner. And the book addresses this predicament.

The mother of Danish actors and Kubbra Sait hopes to empower women to find purpose through her book. Manan will be launched by Roopa D Moudgil, Inspector General of Police, on July 9. Sait collaborates with Shoma Kaikini, Founder, Nrityanidhi, who will present the essence of the book through Kathak. The 60-year-old started writing the book when the pandemic first hit.

“That’s when I started thinking about how I’m going to do my trip and that I should put everything in writing,” she says. Speaking about the role his children Kubbra and Danish Sait played in his writing, Sait says they had no idea. “Although I’ve always shared my life with them, I kept it private. They were more than happy when they found out.

Throughout my life, my children have been anchors in my growth,” she says. According to Sait, the book is not age specific and putting it together took a lot of research. “I spoke to many women to learn about their experiences. Manan can be enjoyed even by a 20 year old who can learn how life goes. This book will guide you through these challenges,” she adds.

Sait draws on his own experiences while writing his book. In addressing them, Sait explains how each of the difficulties in her life, including being a single mother, was as painful as the labor of giving birth. “But once I fought them, the lessons were as rewarding as holding a newborn. At that time, you only feel joy and forget the difficulties,” she says.

Sait quickly clarifies that Manan is not yet another self-help. “When I first held my book, I snapped. I never expected to get to where I am today,” she says, adding that she didn’t want to an English name for the title of the book. “Manan means meditation, thoughts and process of deepening oneself. I believe the name has a certain depth that no English word could do justice,” she adds.

This book is dedicated to single women. While writing the book, Sait says she learned about herself and found her true self. “In the book, I am Yasmin, an author and freelancer. It’s an identity I’ve struggled with all my life. I’ve wanted to write for 11 years, and now I know everything happens when the time is right,” she says.

Just as actor Kubbra Sait is releasing her book, mother Yasmin Sait is also releasing her first novel this week which talks about her journey as an author and how she hopes the book will empower women, one chapter at a time.

Irene B. Bowles