Pink Nails in Jail: An Engaging Tale of Perseverance

Delve into an engaging account of Coco’s journey and the underlying truth of the Indian judicial system. Be a part of Coco’s transformational voyage.

Pink Nails in Jail: An Engaging Tale of Perseverance

Delve into an engaging account of Coco’s journey and the underlying truth of the Indian judicial system. Be a part of Coco’s transformational voyage.

My Story

Pink Nails in Jail is a first-hand account about how I, an American woman, spent two years in an Indian jail for crimes I did not commit. I got caught up in a dangerous plan that put me against India’s authoritarian, utilitarian, and corrupt judicial system. I was subjected to severe physical and emotional suffering that affected my mental health. My memoir, which highlights how my noble intentions turned into a high-profile case in a small Indian jail, may be described as a mash up of Slum Dog Millionaire and Sex in the City.

My experiences are a collection of comedy of horrors that began with my desire to help underprivileged mothers and children – who have no access to basic health facilities – in India. It all started with a job in the healthcare sector, with a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of the poor. This narrative depicts courage, resilience, tenacity, and a determination to survive in the face of horrific tragedy and injustice—a never-ending struggle to reclaim peace and self-love. My story touches on women’s health, gender inequality, and various prevailing human rights issues.

Book’s Summary

Coco worked as a director of a pharmaceutical manufacturing company for three months in 2012. During her tenure, the pharmaceutical manufacturing firm produced pseudoephedrine-based drugs to treat the common cold and flu. In 2015, the Narcotic Agency alleged that the business had tempered with the pseudoephedrine medications. The officials deceived the public and the judiciary into believing she was allegedly involved in an international drug trade spanning India and Myanmar.
The officials were asked to launch an inquiry into the matter but to no avail. To make things worse, they made it into a large-scale drug ring managed by an American woman who used the nonprofit organization to pursue her vested interests.


Meet Coco

Coco graduated with a Masters in Public Health from the American University of Beirut (2011). She lived in India for six years (2011-2017). She co-founded the N.G.O. Bella Health Care in Dehradun, India (
Coco is not a legal, human rights, or jail reform scholar, but she has learned much through her experiences in India. She is committed to supporting women’s health and education, particularly reproductive and adolescent health. Over 100,000 women and adolescents have benefited from her revolutionary initiatives.


Preeti, my good companion, kept me sane during the nine months we shared a barrack. She was the only other female who could communicate in English.

Deportation to the United States

On November 17, 2017, Coco Smith was deported to the United States from India. It had been eight months since she was released from jail.

In The Loving Memory Of Poonam & Meenakshi: You Left Us Too Soon!

Poonam (left) died while I was in jail. I never got to say goodbye. She was the most passionate and loving woman I’d ever met. She will always be in my heart and will be missed by many. Her legacy lives on.

Meenakshi was on trial at the same time as I was, succumbed to T.B., meningitis, and malaria, and died young at 22.

Pictures from working in India with Bella Health – the good times 2011-2014


Available on Amazon India & Barnes & Noble

CubeDuel Editor Review

“Why not?” or “What if?” If you’re stuck with questions like these, this book is the perfect answer for you. Everyone thinks they are facing the worse, and if you too have this thought engulfing you, Collette’s story is a great read for you to stand your ground and speak up. In this biographical account, Coco endeavors to inform the readers about the strength we have within ourselves and to adorn them with life-changing lessons, including that of perseverance to achieve what we want in life.

CubeDuel Editor Review

Apzo Media Editor Review

“Pink Nails in Jail” is an inspiring collection of timely, personal experiences from the author Coco’s life in her own words. Through her story, Coco reminds us that kindness isn’t only about having the heart to donate or feed that hungry man/animal. This book has taught me that humanity and kindness are also very much about not giving in to hardships when it comes to serving others. I truly admire the author’s strength and resilience throughout the ordeal she had to undergo in prison. Kudos for helping people know how to be resilient in adverse times.

Apzo Media Editor Review

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