Lost at 15, Found at 50

Lost at 15, Found at 50

by Ashwini Devare


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Winner of the Singapore Literature Prize 2020 Readers’ Favourite for EnglishFrom the Soviet Union’s lron Curtain to Burma’s Bamboo Curtain and Sikkim to Seoul, this memoir follows the journey of a young girl whose life was a cross-continental rollercoaster ride that soared and plunged from one country to another. By the time she was fifteen, Ashwini Devare had lived in six countries. Her globetrotting life continued when she became a career journalist, and her story culminates in the tropical foliage of Singapore.With a front-row seat to political developments and upheavals around the world, Devare chronicles a lifetime of nomadic living: Moscow at the height of the Cold War, a far-right Switzerland pushing to limit immigration, America mired in the Vietnam War, Sikkim in the midst of a pro-democracy movement that would overthrow the monarchy, India during turbulent times and South Korea, where student demonstrations convulsed the country.Lost at 15, Found at 50 is a vibrant reflection by a singular voice on adventure, identity and courage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789814828826
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) Pte Ltd
Publication date: 09/23/2019
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

A former correspondent with the BBC’s Asia Business Report and CNBC Asia, Ashwini was a journalist for many years. Ashwini’s first book, Batik Rain received critical acclaim. Lost at 15, Found at 50, published by Marshall Cavendish, is her second book. Ashwini has a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the American University in Washington DC and lives in Singapore.

Table of Contents

Behind the Iron Curtain: Russia 1965-1967 9

The Other Side of the Cold War: USA 1967-1970 37

Kingdom of Hope: Sikkim 1970-1974 61

Brown Girl in the Ring: Switzerland 1976-1979 83

Behind the Bamboo Curtain: Burma 1979-1981 113

Feels Like Home: India 1981-1985 131

The Land of the Morning Calm: South Korea 1986-1989 151

Guns and Graffiti: USA 1990s 185

Island in the Rain: Singapore 2000s 221

Acknowledgements 255

About the Author 256

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