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On The Table Read, “the best book magazine in the UK” Herman’s Sister by Ramendeep Dhoot shares her deeply personal story of how her life was changed by the death of her brother.
In Herman’s Sister, Ramendeep Dhoot, describes the very usual day in 2019 when her brother made his mother a cup of tea, gave his little sister a hug before she went to work, and was pronounced dead just hours later. Immersing the reader in this personal journey of her life being changed forever, Ramendeep shares her diary of twenty years, and her life going from ugly duckling to beautiful swan, and how she learnt to love herself more.
Ramendeep Dhoot focuses on the seldom discussed emotional fallout that happens when a sibling dies, which will linger long in the hearts of all that pick up this deeply personal biography.
Although the unexpected death of her brother was the catalyst for writing this story, this honest and authentic biography was written as so much more than a tribute to his memory. Having kept a diary for almost two decades, Rameneep delivers a memoir that cuts to the quick of every element of her life. She shares experiences of being unmarried and childless at 40, her mental health issues, and the juxtaposition of Indian cultural heritage against being born and raised in the UK.
This extraordinary biography is one that you will find yourself recommending constantly, whilst also reinforcing that we all need to question the persistent pigeonholes society seems so keen to restrain us by.
Ramendeep grew up in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands, UK. This is her first book, inspired by her incredible brother.
For more than twenty years, Ramendeep Dhoot kept a journal to capture some of the simplest and most profound moments of her life, creating memories she can later reflect on. Deeply empathetic by nature, Ramendeep shares her life story in an attempt to connect with those who maybe feeling some of the anguish and agony she experiences through her grief. Little did she know that in darkest hour and her lowest moment, she would rise again and write a book to inspire others.
“At the age of 40, I found myself single. I thought he was the one and this love would open the doors to all the happiness I’d ever craved. It didn’t happen. Finding myself, a British Indian woman single at 40 jolted me into a half eye open rude awakening to the reality of my life. Fuck.
“Well, that was all a drop in the ocean, compared to the tsunami that was about to erupt in my life in 2019. At 2:17pm on Wednesday 9th Jan 2019, my best friend, my heartbeat, my world, my brother was declared deceased. Just like that. A dark, heavy cloud suddenly overshadowed my life. A life I once knew and lived in parallel with was over. Just like that. Suddenly. My life dramatically changed when I was catapulted into a world of unimaginable and unbearable grief.”
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Ramendeep Dhoot establied www.siblingstars.com to give hope to others who may also feel a similar anguish to the one she once felt.
Published by Clink Street Publishing, Herman’s Sister is available in paperback (£7.99) and Kindle format (£3.79 or free via Kindle Unlimited) on Amazon at https://amzn.to/3gerqmJ and https://amzn.to/3D3jpcY
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