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When the Lotus Blooms
     

When the Lotus Blooms

by Kanchana Krishnan
 
From East Bengal to Tamil Nadu, 'When the Lotus Blooms' captures the mood and ethos of the rich landscape and diversity of India, while highlighting the universal and timeless circumstances of women and their struggle to seek happiness in a patriarchal world.
The novel follows the arc of two Brahmin families in 1930s British Colonial India. It is the journey of two

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From East Bengal to Tamil Nadu, 'When the Lotus Blooms' captures the mood and ethos of the rich landscape and diversity of India, while highlighting the universal and timeless circumstances of women and their struggle to seek happiness in a patriarchal world.
The novel follows the arc of two Brahmin families in 1930s British Colonial India. It is the journey of two child brides, Rajam and Dharmu, who attempt to fulfill their destiny despite the shackles of tradition, duty, and customs of a complex society.

Tormented by a domineering mother-in-law, Rajam battles with her inability to conceive, and Dharmu struggles with the loneliness and strain of adapting to her aloof husband's westernized lifestyle. The blooming of the lotus has a special significance to both families.

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Aditya Das
To reach back in time and understand the foundation of multiple interfaces in class and ethnicity, and in turn to articulate the precise feelings of each actor, takes a unique skill-displayed adequately and not ostentatiously by Kanchana Krishnan Ayyar. From the heart of Rural South India to the Outposts of the Raj in Rangpur, a very personal and touching story is woven from the perspective of two very strong willed and resilient women-Rajam and Dharmu who display a stoicism and heroism which de
Rita Engineer
The book opens with the sordid truth of the "monthly sickness" that plunged women into darkness, to feeling unclean and akin to "untouchables". The vivid picture of this accepted tradition propels readers into very deep rooted experiences. Throughout the saga we are kept aware of the authority and rule of the "Nagammas" , the mother-in-laws of the world, their scathing treatments woven deep in the tapestry of the tale. What can we say about Muthu? The two parallels of Rajam and Dharmu, the subtl
Arun Sivasankaran
"The storytelling is very vivid; Kanchana is a vivid, compassionate storyteller," Christine Zambrano, a Boca Raton resident, said. "She has a very universal viewpoint about human nature. She has a nice sense of humor and the ability to the ability to make the characters come to life. There is also a spiritual undertone that runs through the novel. "

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983876502
Publisher:
Kanchi Books
Publication date:
11/23/2011
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

Meet the Author

Kanchana Krishnan Ayyar was born in New Delhi, India. She grew up in the exciting city of Mumbai where she completed her Bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science at St. Xavier's College. She has lived in Mexico, Argentina and New York and currently resides in Coral Springs, Florida, with her husband and two daughters.

'When the Lotus Blooms' her debut novel, began as a project to share with the world the miracle of her mother's birth. It evolved during its writing from a biographical novel to historical fiction.

What I learned from this experience: I discovered the joy of writing at the age of 45 after experimenting with several careers. It absolutely rejuvenated my life. I learned how important it is for everyone to seek out their passion and pursue their goals surmounting any obstacles.

How would you recognize your chosen quest as the perfect path? It will feel just right.

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