The Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey

The Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey

by Madhu Bazaz Wangu


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As a girl on the brink of womanhood in 1960s India, Shanti Bamzai has big dreams. Rather than enter into an arranged marriage like her sister, Shanti embarks on a journey into the unknown, leaving her family home behind for an education and a chance to chart her own destiny. While India experiences an upheaval of cultural and societal changes as old-world traditions collide with the modern global era, Shanti navigates college, a marriage of her own choosing, and motherhood, fighting a constant battle between the pressures of traditional expectations and her own burning desire to be an artist and an independent woman. A move to America presents exciting new opportunities, but Shanti is disappointed to find herself still hemmed in by the restrictions of her Indian upbringing. As her children become adults and her marriage becomes a shell of what it once was, Shanti must find the courage to step out of her husband's shadow and into the life she's always dreamed of.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781523492954
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/18/2016
Pages: 532
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.07(d)

About the Author

Madhu B. Wangu is an author and the founder of Writing Meditation for Mindful Writers. She has a doctorate in the phenomenology of Religion from the University of Pittsburgh (1988) and a post-doctoral Fellowship from Harvard University (1989-1991). For fifteen years she taught Hindu and Buddhist art history at various universities. A member of Pennwriters Organization she was its board member from 2007-10012.
Madhu Wangu has written two books about goddesses. Images of Indian Goddesses: Myths, Meanings and Models, (Abhinav Publications, New Delhi, 2003) discusses the meaning of goddess myths and symbols. A Goddess is Born, (Spark Publishers, 2002) details the social, political, and cultural meanings of the Kashmiri goddess, Khir Bhavani. She has also written two extensively illustrated books for young adults, Hinduism (Facts on File, Inc., New York, 1991) and Buddhism (Facts on File, Inc., New York, 1993).
Based on decades of meditation Madhu Wangu has developed Writing Meditation Method. In 2010 she founded the Mindful Writers Group. Five years since its inception, the group has twenty members and a waiting list. The success of the practice is evident in the novels and books written and published by the members.
Her CD, "Meditations for Mindful Writers" (2011) has inspired professional as well as novice writers to practice their skill with mindfulness. Writing Meditation Method improves focus, reduces stress and anxiety, removes blocks, and increases writing flow. Due to the success of the Mindful Writers Group (North), Dr. Wangu is starting a second group of Mindful Writers in the east of Pittsburgh beginning March 2016.
Madhu Wangu's debut collection, Chance Meetings: Stories About Cross-Cultural Karmic Collisions and Compassion was released in April 2015. Her novel, An Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey is to be released in April 2016. Currently, she is writing her second novel, The Last Suttee.
She lives in Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA with her husband Manoj, a retired robotics engineer. They have two daughters-an avionics engineer and a pediatrician.

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MyLifeAsMummy More than 1 year ago
First of all, the book is incredibly long. Even I, who has a habit of reading books in one sitting couldn't finish it in one go. That's not to say it's not a thouroughly enjoyable book to read. Madhu has written this book so well, you feel like you are there with Shanti every step of the way. You grow up with her through childhood, college, marriage and children. You are experiencing the raw emotion, the loss and more importantly the love that Shanti felt. Overall I think this is a fantastic book that shares the tale of a empowered woman saying no to tradition and wanting to be her own person. Someone different and better than a stereotypical stay at home housewife. She may have got a little lost on the way, but she got there in the end.
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
This book has absolutely taken my breath away at how much I willingly became attached to the story and characters, it is an exceptional read. This to me is what reading is all about, it opened up the 'want' inside of me to learn about a different country, culture, traditions and living. With the tremendous writing skills of Madhu Wangu, you can vividly see, almost touch and smell what is being described. The story follows the loveable character Shanti, born in The Valley of Kashmir, India, from childhood to womanhood, from a student to wife then mother, each step of her life is so colourfully detailed by the author it is an absolute pleasure to follow her journey. To know Shanti is to know her passion for art, which her dreams and life's goals stem from, every breath of her body breathes her love for art as well as the strong love of family and values. Shanti comes from a very loving traditional Indian family, her mom Maji was another favorite character of mine, reading the wonderful vibrant descriptions about the fictionally delicious meals she selflessly worked on day in and day out was another form of art to enjoy. Yet Shanti's strong character disregards the traditional ways of an arranged marriage and the full time domestic life expected of her to fulfill her dreams of art college and beyond. The descriptions of Shanti's passionate drawings and paintings is another wonderful addition to the story. Love will happen whether your looking for it or not regardless of your goals in life and for Shanti and Stayavan this is exactly what happens and they happily become man and wife. The story continues, of which, I will not spoil, I will only say that it is a realistic journey that stirred emotion in my heart. A truly enjoyable, refreshing and almost spiritual read to sit back and escape into and ponder about how our lives rush past us without even a thought to the beauty around us or the true self inside of us. Unforgettable powerful characters that will long stay with you.