More than Skin Deep, a project initiated in 2018, will be an illustrated book of poems dedicated to those who aspired to be more than just survivors.
Inspired by the real life stories of courage and resilience of fifteen women, who faced the horrific act of acid attack in their lives, this book aims to challenge stereotypes and incite change. Through a collection of illustrations and poems, artist Debasmita Dasgupta and I creatively explore ideas of what beauty and success look like. Their combined creative expression is a homage to the strength of these fifteen fearless women and their capacity to redefine discussions around violence against women. Besides the illustrated poems, the book also showcases fifteen inspiring true stories of each woman crafted by writer Isha Bhattacharya. These stories are interspersed with examples and data from a number of countries to give an idea of what needs to be done in order to prevent the act of acid attacks.
Part inspiration, part information, this book hopes to create a climate of sensitivity in which it is possible for change to happen.