â€˜When I was first diagnosed with Stage One of an aggressive type of breast cancer, I was stunned and disappointed in myself but quickly found my resolve. I chose to fight cheerfullyâ€¦ A day of life is still life.â€™
Cancer finally claimed Ananya Mukherjee, but she remained her own personâ€”inimitable, indomitableâ€”to her last day; refusing to be crushed, even as she remained clear-eyed about the limits of hope and medicine. And she left behind a host of memories for those who knew her, and a beautiful, unusual legacy for the worldâ€”a moving and inspiring diary of her â€˜cheerful fightâ€™.
Armed with humour, Ananya makes light of the darker moments of cancer (comparing her balding head to the dishevelled crow on her windowsill); gives practical advice on gifts to bring a cancer patient (piping hot machcher jhol along with a good story or two); and tells us what a cancer patient on morphine tablets might dream of (cycling in a yellow meadow as huge as the universe). It is a book of defiant spirit, courage, even sunshineâ€”not only for those living with cancer and their caregivers and loved ones, but for anyone determined to live life on her or his own terms despite adversity.