“The Hands of Destiny” is a gripping and poignant tale of going past the biases we all carry, the assumptions we make, and the guilt within when we have failed those we love.
What links us? What separates us? What is identity, after all, what remains of faith when it is put to the test? What is destiny? Is there hope at the end of the maelstrom?
Rajalakshmi Meenakshisundaram, a traditional, god-fearing wife and mother, has led a sheltered life in India. Her happy world in Chennai is shattered when her only child, Venkat, dies on his birthday, the victim of a terrorist attack in France. She must now travel to Paris with her husband to claim Venkat’s body.
Katherine Mary Flannigan, a mother of three, is a loving wife and staunch church goes. The Irish Flannigans have lived in the little town of Blue Hampton, outside London, for generations. Jonas, her eldest son, has been missing for a week when she learns that he has blown himself to bits in France, having secretly converted to Islam just a month before. The village is split on accepting his body for burial in the church cemetery. Katherine and her husband James must now travel to France to claim Jonas’ body.
What happens when the two women meet? How do men in their lives battle their own vulnerabilities and inabilities as they come to terms with their loss? How do those around them deal with the tragedy?
Srividya Srinivasan is an author, poet, philosopher, film-maker, traveler, and entrepreneur businesswoman. She runs Raster Media integrated, a creative, strategy, and communication boutique firm. An unapologetic individualist and free spirit with an exuberance for life, she has fiercely blazed her own trail in media and creative communication for over two and half decades. A committed activist who speaks through her poetry and writings, a filmmaker who directs and produces high-quality content, a social worker who ran a home for underprivileged children, an avid food enthusiast, a love of stories and words, cinema and travel, coffee, and conversations, hers is a world of endless curiosity and imagination, movement and stillness. Above all, she is a believer in life, grace, wit, laughter, beauty, honesty, and the human spirit’s courage. She is based in Bangalore, India.
Venue: Alliance Francaise, Thimmiah Road, Opposite UNI, Kaverappa Layout, Vasanth Nagar, Bangalore
Date: Saturday, 27th of March, 2021
Time: 7 – 8.30 PM