Islands Unto Ourselves

Though this book is a work of fiction, it's written out of personal understanding of what it means, as a woman, to be an immigrant. In Islands Unto Ourselves Gomathy Puri opens a private window into the lives of two courageous women of very different backgrounds and aspirations.

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About Gomathy Puri

From a successful career in Civil Service, to an unsure future of a (novel) writer.

After a long and mutually beneficial association of over 25 years with the governments of Manitoba and British Columbia, Gomathy Puri began her writing career in 2008 by joining different writer’s groups where she began to present her creative prose and short fiction. Encouraged by the response, Puri ventured in her first book-length work, a novel titled ‘Islands Unto Ourselves’.

Gomathy continued to develop her craft from the feedback she recieved from her peers at Kyle Writing Group in Port Moody and New West Writers in New Westminster. Now at the end of 2011, her manuscript is complete, and she is preparing to submit to publishers.

Puri writes humorous nonfiction, short fiction and poetry.

‘From writing position papers for the government to writing novels has been a huge shift in both perspective and style,’ Gomathy says, ‘but it is the most interesting, challenging, and empowering experience for me.’

Her writings have been selected for the upcoming anthology of New West Writers titled ‘Naked Crossings’ (ed. Valerie B.-Taylor), due to be published in 2012.

Gomi, as she is popularly known among friends and family, worked for the department of Health and Social Services in Manitoba, and later, for Manitoba Health. She worked in Research and Planning, and as an Agency Relations Co-ordinator. In BC, she worked with the Ministry of Women’s Equality, serving as the Regional Co-ordinator for the Lower Mainland.

While in Manitoba, Gomi represented the concerns of immigrant women on the Women and Mental Health Committee of the Canadian Mental Health Association. She also served as the Manitoba representative on the Federal/Provincial Committee on Women and Health, and drafted a position paper on the mental health issues specific to women. She was a founding member of the Immigrant Women’s Association of Manitoba, and participated in the first national conference that led to the establishment of the National Organisation of Immigrant and Visible Minority Women.

Gomi holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

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