Colour Matters? The Truth That No One Wants to See by Anuranjita Kumar hit the shelves on 10th September 2019. It brings up an important question that pops up in our everyday life, ‘Can we really be colour blind for the sake of humanity?’ The book has been published by Bloomsbury India.
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We are all different in some ways, yet, very similar because we all respond to emotions of love, affection, joy and sorrow. These feelings are common to all-across ethnicities, geographies and boundaries. Yet there are certain factors which contribute to our identity, which visibly make us look dissimilar, and impacts how we connect and belong.
The colour of the skin, through its subtle and attached symbolism and beliefs, its presence or the lack of it, tells a story of human dynamics that is constructive and/or destructive, depending on the lens used. It has the visual power to influence, pronounce judgements, divide, confer privileges and even influence the right to love, hate, embrace, protect or kill merely based on colour-the colour of the skin. Colour Matters? explores these cross-cultural dynamics and highlights the difficulties of being a minority in different geographies. The book is replete with stories of individuals across continents and multi-ethnic, multi-professional backgrounds narrating their personal experiences and, hence, learnings from their own encounters.
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More relevant than ever ! When I wrote this, a lot was from my personal experiences where working in diverse cultures I felt no matter how hard one worked, it was never good enough for a few privileged one coz of my colour. The isolation, frustration and sometimes humility is refreshed with echoes in the US. However no one can make you feel inferior but yourself so I believe therefore I am equal .
In a world where the race and racism debate continues to occupy a crucial space in public discourse, it is worthwhile to embark on an exploratory journey to deconstruct such ideas and discover what really lies beneath.
About the Author
Anuranjita Kumar is a human resource veteran with over twenty-five years of experience working across the globe managing various assignments, including senior human resource roles in Asia, North America and Europe during her stint in Citibank. Currently, she is the Managing Director, Human Resources, International Hubs, at the Royal Bank of Scotland. Before joining RBS, she was the Head of Human Resources for Citi, South Asia. She is armed with first-hand cross-cultural experience as a woman in the global corporate world and has deep-seated knowledge about the working culture and dynamics in various countries. She has a keen interest in issues related to cross-border migration, diversity and racism.
Kumar has been recognised as amongst the ‘Most Powerful Women Leaders’ by Fortune India in 2013 and was also featured on The Economic Times ‘Women Ahead List 2018’ for being an astute role model for India Inc.