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The Last Suttee

The Last Suttee

by Madhu Bazaz Wangu

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"You must come at once if you want to stop the suttee from happening again..." This phone message summons Kumud Kuthiyala back to Neela Nagar, the blue town of her youth, and the shackled life she thought she had left behind forever... As a nine-year-old, Kumud witnessed the brutal and horrifying suttee ritual when her beloved aunt immolated herself on the burning pyre of her dead husband. Years later, Kumud summoned the courage to escape the isolated and primitive town of her youth to start a new life in Ambayu, a metropolitan city. She began as office help at Save Girls Soul Orphanage Center and progressed to become its director. At SGSO Center, she becomes a warrior for women's education and equal rights. She teaches young women to protect themselves from outmoded practices and rituals that victimize women. Then a phone call informs Kumud that the suttee of a sixteen-year-old is inevitable. She has vowed that she will never let it happen again. Still haunted by her aunt's suttee, she leaves everything behind, including her love, Shekhar Roy, to end the barbaric custom that scarred her for life, and to save the young bride from committing suttee. As Kumud travels back to the town of her youth, long-buried memories resurface and force her to remember the life from which she fled. The town that greets her is full of contradictions. It has electricity and clean water, and a new school is open to low castes, yet superstition and prejudice abound. How can she convince the town that their centuries-old tradition is cruel and barbaric, that a widowed young woman deserves the right to live? Can she change the minds of the townspeople and the Five Elders before it's too late?



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Product Details

BN ID: 2940154497531
Publisher: Madhu Bazaz Wangu
Publication date: 08/17/2017
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 396 KB

About the Author

Madhu Bazaz Wangu’s work includes a collection of stories, Chance Meetings (2015), two novels, An Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey (2016) and The Last Suttee (2017), and books about religions of India. The founder of Mindful Writers Groups and Retreats, currently she is working on, Writing and Living Mindfully: A Guidebook for Writers and a second collection of stories. She has recorded CDs, “Meditations for Mindful Writers: Body, Heart, Mind” (2011) and “Meditations for Mindful Writers II: Sensations, Feelings, Thoughts” (2017). third CD, Meditations for Heartfulness: Generosity, Gratitude, Forgiveness” will be released in 2019. Visit her at www.madhubazazwangu.com

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