By Shobhan Bantwal
Set within the sensual richness of India, Shobhan Bantwal's gripping new novel asks: the place can a girl flip while her life's maximum blessing is noticeable as a curse?
it is a lady! for many younger undefined, information in their unborn kid's gender brings pleased anticipation. no longer so for Isha Tilak and her husband, Nikhil. They have already got a loved daughter, yet Nikhil's mom and dad, hard-wired to prefer male childrens in particular, coldly reject little Priya at each flip. useless and egocentric, they see girl grandchildren as burdens, and might simply as quickly by no means meet the only transforming into in Isha's abdominal. Even the obstetrician concurs, going as far as to indicate the unthinkable, throwing Nikhil right into a rage--and altering Isha's existence eternally. . .
whilst Nikhil is found brutally murdered, Isha is confident it had whatever to do along with his response to the doctor's hideous "solution" to their challenge. on my own, grief-stricken, and relentlessly oppressed through in-laws who think her child is a foul omen, Isha units out on her personal. Born right into a privileged type, Isha does not comprehend first thing approximately fending for herself, yet to guard her worthy daughters, she is going to research. and she or he will hang to the wish given to her via an odd previous mystic: that her child will arrive at the auspicious evening of Kojagari Purnima, the complete harvest moon, and be a present from Lakshmi, the goddess of future health. Isha and her women will desire the entire benefits they could get, for the best probability of all lies forward. . .
compliment for Shobhan Bantwal and The Dowry Bride
"Splendidly depicts ardour, brutality, and cultures in conflict." --Dorothy Garlock
"Vivid, wealthy. . .expertly portrays a tender girl stuck among love and responsibility, wish and despair." --Anjali Banerjee
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They already had three, and they were desperate for a boy. Karnik had shaken his head at the man. ” The young man had laughed. “So is bribery, dowry, tax evasion, and black marketeering, Doctor- saheb. ” He’d given Karnik a meaningful look. “My wife and I are thinking about maybe going to . . um . . a Mumbai doctor and getting it done. If you can do it here . . ” “We have a list of doctors in Mumbai who do this . . so perhaps . ” The young man had left it hanging, letting Karnik ponder it. Karnik had refused—but later wondered if it was a mistake.
If he didn’t maintain official records, who would know? The patients and their families needed anonymity and so did he. Discretion wouldn’t be a problem. So, after some initial trepida-tion, he had performed one abortion, then two . . then three . . and soon it became routine. The fear and anxiety were long gone. He began performing them regularly. However, in all honesty, he didn’t need to perform abortions. It wasn’t as if he didn’t make enough money from his regular practice. In fact, he had so many patients, most of them wealthy, he could barely schedule them in.
Why hadn’t Isha seen that earlier? Maybe losing Nikhil had made her deaf and blind to everything else around her. But now her eyes were wide open to the truth. The elder Tilaks were misguided individuals and she and Priya had no place in their home. Things were never going to get better for them, either. Matter of fact, they were only going to get worse. How long was she going to sit around and watch her daughter getting abused? If Priya was subjected to this, how much was the new baby going to suffer, the one they’d labeled a bad omen and a curse?