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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2008

    an insightful look at the international abortion industry

    Their first offspring was female so Nikhil and Isha Tilak expect their second child to be a male. However, they are stunned when ultrasound test confirms Isha is carrying a girl. Nikhil's affluent parents demand their daughter-in-law abort the female fetus. Even her physician Dr. Larnik recommends ending her pregnancy with an illegal abortion.-------------- Nikhil says no as he wants his offspring to live and also worries about the health of his wife. However, he suddenly is murdered. Isha believes her husband¿s modern day western stance against the abortion on demand due to the fetus being thewrong gender led to his homicide. She assumes she is next if she fails to abort ASAP.-------------------- THE FORBIDDEN DAUGHTER is an insightful look at the international abortion industry in which a prime reason to destroy the fetus is the wrong gender especially in patriarchal societies. The story line is at its best when the focus is on Nikhil, Isha and their extended families (especially his) as they put faces to the abortion issue. When the plot pontificates against the free use of abortion, some of the sting is lost as the pressure on Nikhil to do his duty and then after he is murdered on his pregnant widow to do her duty loses some of the impact. Still well written, this astute tale affirms no one gets as deep into Indian society as Shobhan Bantwal does (see THE DOWRY BRIDE).------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    Awesome!

    Mrs.Bantwal, has done it again, just like Dowry Bride. I can't believe that their is still gender difference in India. My admiration goes to Isha. How she survived, and had her baby. I also admired Harish, and Shelia for helping Isha and her babies in time of needs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2008

    A Courageous Woman

    I was thrilled to discover Shobhan Bantwal, I loved this book more than I can say. It's the story of a woman's journey in a country where she doesn't have many rights. She is a young widow with a child, Priya is a very bright little girl. Isha and her husband, before he was murdered, discovered her second pregnancy also was with a girl. His parents are angry and outraged and want her to abort the child and they say no. Not long after, Nikhil is murdered. She's left to live with her child with his parents who show her no care or compassion. One day something happens and she knows she must leave, thus begins her journey into a life she is unprepared for. She has no status or money and has to learn to survive and take care of her children.It's a journey that will stay with you for a long time and having you thinking why don't I know what is going on in this big world, which really isn't so big after all. It is a story that will touch all women deep within themselves, make them think. We should all be outraged at the plight of infant girls, not just in India, but wherever women are treated this way. If we women do not stand together we will not be able to change things, it begins with us. It's a wonderful book and Isha is sure to touch your heart.

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