Thrown out of her marital home with just Rs 750 in her pocket and served with a divorce petition, Vandana Shah thought she had hit the lowest point in her life. But instead of wallowing in self-pity, she picked up the pieces of her shattered life and moved on. From being a petitioner she retrained to become a divorce lawyer and now helps others who are in the same position she was. She also became a community leader, setting up India’s first divorce support group and network.
The Ex-Files is her personal story of the long journey through divorce and emerging stronger on the other side. The book is packed full of inspiring personal anecdote but also useful information on the legal aspects of divorce and practical assistance. At once funny, tragic and uncompromisingly honest, this memoir will resonate with anyone who has been through or is going through the end of a marriage.
“When Holy Wedlock becomes Holy Deadlock, what do you do? Cry your heart out of laugh it off? Here is a book which will help you to enjoy your way through the thickets of divorce and plot the second marriage. Read, relax, rejoice”
Padma Bhushan Lord Meghnad Desai
“Champagne-dripping, solitaire-studded, a Jimmy-Choo-on-steroids divorce memoir that lightens the trauma of divorce…that you just can’t put down”
“Stunning and unputdownable”
Padma Vibhushan Dr Sonal Mansingh
In 2001 Vandana Shah, despite her best efforts to save her marriage, found herself facing a divorce petition. But instead of wallowing in self-pity, she picked up the pieces of her shattered life and moved straight on. She not only found a job but went on to become a divorce lawyer and a community leader, starting India’s first divorce support group and network.
Told through her own personal story, The Ex Files reveals the hardships of divorce and also the joys of emerging stronger with your positive thinking and humour intact. The book also deals with the legal and social aspects of divorce, so often overlooked in India, and provides an indispensible guide to the ins and outs of proceedings.
At once funny, tragic and uncompromisingly honest, this memoir will resonate with anyone who has endured the end of a marriage and come out changed.
VandanaShah studied at St Xavier’s College in Mumbai and has since donned various hats including that of a model, a deejay and an advertising professional. After being thrown out of her marital home with just the clothes on her back and Rs 750 in the bank, Vandana rebuilt her world and founded the first Indian support group to help people going through a divorce, 360 Degrees Back to Life. She has since come full circle from being a litigant to being a divorce lawyer and practices at the family court in Mumbai.
Vandana writes a monthly column in the magazine, Black and White Oman and she edits Ex-Files, India’s first divorce newsmagazine. She has also participated in the Lead India Programme and was the winner from Mumbai in 2010. Vandana’s work for the cause of women going through divorce in India has resulted in a BBC documentaryabout her work, entitled Invisible Women of India. This was broadcast worldwide on international Women’s Day in 2014.
Her first book endorsed by the iconic feminist Gloria Steinem won an award and she has translated another book on the Jain faith from English to Hindi. She also received the NAI Achievement award for the best lawyer in India for Women’s Rights in November 2014.
More information can be found on www.vandanashah.com
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