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Title Sacred Waters  
ISBN 9789814779500
Imprint Marshall Cavendish Editions
 
Author(s)
Meira Chand
 
Specifications 198 x 130 mm / 408 pp / paperback
 
Publication Date Oct-2017
 
Target Audience General
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About the Book

Holding the child in the crook of her arm, her mother stood up and walked towards the river.

Where are you going?’ Sita yelled, filled by new confusion.

‘I must wash her clean,’ her mother replied. 

Wading knee deep into the water, she lowered the child into the soft lapping swell, holding her there, caressing her tenderly all the while with her one free hand.  For a moment Sita saw the child in her mother’s arms and the next she was gone, the tide lifting her free.  Sita watched her float away, held briefly upon the rippling surface of the river before she sank slowly from sight, eyes open, a startled expression on her small face, uttering no cry of protest.  

‘Amma!’ Sita screamed.  

‘She was just a girl.’ Her mother spoke softly, her voice thick and strange.  

An orphan, a wife, a widow, a mother. What is the true value of a woman?

Orphaned as a child and widowed at thirteen, Sita has always known the shame of being born female in Indian society. Her life constrained and shaped by the men around her, she could not be more different from her daughter, Amita, a headstrong university professor determined to live life on her own terms. While trying to unravel the mysteries in her mother’s past, Amita encounters a traumatic event that leads her down the path of self-discovery.

Unfolding simultaneously, their stories are set against the dramatic sweep of India’s anti-colonial struggle in the 1940s. The narrative moves between present and past, from modern-day Singapore to pre-war rural India, and to the chaotic Burmese battlefront where Sita experiences life as a recruit in the Rani of Jhansi Regiment, the women’s unit of the Indian National Army. Richly layered and beautifully evocative, the novel is a compelling exploration of two women’s struggle to assert themselves in male-dominated societies of both the past and the present. 

About the Author

Meira Chand is of Indian-Swiss parentage. Born and educated in London, she has resided in Japan and India, and is now based in Singapore. She is the author of eight critically acclaimed titles, including A Different Sky, the 2010 bestseller published by Random House UK. Her novels have been reviewed by Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Times, among others.  

A Different Sky was a Book of the Month choice by the UK bookshop chain, Waterstones; included on Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club recommended reading list in November 2011; and shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2012. Rated 4 stars over Goodreads, Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

Find out more about Meira at her website, www.meirachand.com

Other books by Meira Chand include:
  • A Different Sky
  • The Painted Cage
  • A Choice of Evils
  • House of the Sun
  • A Far Horizon
  • Last Quadrant
  • The Gossamer Fly
  • The Bonsai Tree