Forbidden Daughter by Shobhan Bantwal

By Shobhan Bantwal

Set within the sensual richness of India, Shobhan Bantwal's gripping new novel asks: the place can a lady flip whilst her life's maximum blessing is visible as a curse?

it is a lady! for many younger undefined, information in their unborn kid's gender brings cheerful anticipation. no longer so for Isha Tilak and her husband, Nikhil. They have already got a liked daughter, yet Nikhil's mom and dad, hard-wired to desire male youngsters principally, coldly reject little Priya at each flip. useless and egocentric, they see woman grandchildren as burdens, and may simply as quickly by no means meet the only becoming in Isha's stomach. Even the obstetrician concurs, going as far as to indicate the unthinkable, throwing Nikhil right into a rage--and altering Isha's lifestyles endlessly. . .

while Nikhil is found brutally murdered, Isha is confident it had whatever to do together 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 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 helpful daughters, she is going to research. and he or she will hang to the wish given to her by means of a wierd previous mystic: that her child will arrive at the auspicious evening of Kojagari Purnima, the whole harvest moon, and be a present from Lakshmi, the goddess of health and wellbeing. Isha and her women will desire the entire benefits they could get, for the best possibility 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 lady stuck among love and responsibility, wish and despair." --Anjali Banerjee

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The Tilak household was still in deep mourning. It was five weeks since Nikhil’s death. And yet it felt like it had happened yesterday. To add to her anguish, the more she analyzed Nikhil’s bizarre death, the more she was convinced he had been murdered for a reason. She didn’t know for sure what it was or who was behind it. However, after some speculation, she had drawn a few conclusions. Nothing concrete, though— just some theories based on a gut feeling. Nikhil had been a friendly individual, well liked and respected by most .

It will be a good home for Priya-baby, no? I will come with you,” said Sundari, a simple woman who probably couldn’t comprehend Isha’s logic. Isha patted Sundari’s brown, work-worn hand. “It’s kind of you to offer, but your place is here. You have worked for Ayee and Baba almost all your life. ” “But where will you stay, and what will you eat? ” Isha sighed with regret at seeing the old woman looking so brokenhearted. She was so caring, so kind. “Please, Sundari, try to understand. I’m not going to harm Priya.

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 ultrasound was a modern-day miracle for a lot of young couples on the way to becoming parents. But like many other technological marvels, it had its dark side. It wasn’t really his fault, though. He hadn’t deliberately set out to do something that went against his conscience. The idea had been planted in his head by someone else, and the seed had slowly sprouted and grown over a period of time.

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