This bio is written by Kalbir herself :
“Birmingham’s where I was born and brought up. It’s where my heart is and where I got all my inspiration for most of my story.
I have written a book titled NOT Our Daughter! The True Story of Daughter-in-Law. This book is about trials and tribulation from having an arranged marriage through to becoming a divorcee.
My aspiration is for people to pick up my book and feel like they can relate to the characters. I have openly talked about domestic violence, the difference between forced marriage and arranged marriage, dowry, abortion, gender equal before and after marriage and many more real issues that go on behind closed doors. I also want to show that a person can go physical hardship and still come out on the positive side of life. Not very bad situation has to have a bad end.
There needs to be change in the Asian culture and there is a real need for more women to be willing to speak out about sensitive topics and be open about situations that we have been traditionally told to not talk about. I want a chance to transform other people’s lives through my life experiences which I have written about in the book. I hope my choice in writing this book and short film will create a positive ripple effect in the lives of others. I write to empower and inspire other people.”
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