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 visible as a curse?

it is a woman! for many younger undefined, information in their unborn kid's gender brings cheerful anticipation. now not so for Isha Tilak and her husband, Nikhil. They have already got a liked daughter, yet Nikhil's mom and dad, hard-wired to prefer male teenagers specifically, coldly reject little Priya at each flip. useless and egocentric, they see lady grandchildren as burdens, and could simply as quickly by no means meet the only turning out to be in Isha's stomach. Even the obstetrician concurs, going as far as to signify the unthinkable, throwing Nikhil right into a rage--and altering Isha's lifestyles eternally. . .

while Nikhil is came across 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 by way of in-laws who think her child is a nasty omen, Isha units out on her personal. Born right into a privileged category, Isha does not comprehend first thing approximately fending for herself, yet to guard her important daughters, she's going to study. and he or she will hold to the desire given to her through a wierd outdated mystic: that her child will arrive at the auspicious evening of Kojagari Purnima, the entire harvest moon, and be a present from Lakshmi, the goddess of wellbeing and fitness. Isha and her women will want all of the advantages they could get, for the best probability of all lies forward. . .

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"Splendidly depicts ardour, brutality, and cultures in conflict." --Dorothy Garlock

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He turned away from the window, sat in his desk chair with a weary sigh, and stared at the computer. The weariness went bone-deep. It had been a long day at work. He had delivered two babies, one of them by Caesarean, performed one hysterec-tomy, two tubal ligations, and seen several pregnant and menopausal women. He’d done all those things routinely be-THE FORBIDDEN DAUGHTER 25 fore, practically every day of his professional life, but he’d never disliked his work. He had made a substantial income by performing abortions.

The palpable misery around her didn’t help matters, either. “She’s not the only one. We all miss him,” Ayee said, her lower lip trembling, the tears already glistening in her eyes. Isha nodded, keeping her own emotions tightly reined in. If she broke down, Priya’s sniveling would only get worse. Nikhil’s presence was still very much there. Everywhere. It would always remain with them. 32 Shobhan Bantwal Ayee blinked and looked at the wall clock. “Priya has to go to school soon, no? ” “I’m trying to get her to eat her breakfast so I can get her ready for school,” Isha assured her mother-in-law.

Ayee threw an exasperated look at Priya’s pajama-clad back. With a resigned sigh Isha said, “Time to finish your breakfast, sweetie. I bet all your friends are dressed and ready for school. ” A sob erupted from Priya. “I don’t . . want . . to go . . ” She refused to remove her face from Isha’s shoulder. ” Stifling her own desire to burst into tears, Isha patted Priya’s head. “I told you Papa is in heaven. Dev-bappa needs him more than we do,” she whispered in her ear, using the child’s term for God, or Holy Father.

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