About the Book: The Dowry Bride
She is 21, married, childless . . . and
she is about to be burned.
As the dowry culture in India, in spite of the Dowry Law, remains an uglyreality, will Megha Ramnath contribute to changing it, or will she silentlysuccumb to its dark existence? As Megha wakes up in the dead of night to the squeaking of thewoodshed door, she steps out to see the cause behind it. What shewitnesses is something so dangerous, so sinister that she is soonracing through the deserted streets of Palgaum, with only one thingon her mind: to put as much distance as she can between herselfand the place she has come to call home for the past year, for hervery family members-husband and mother-in-law-are plottingto burn her alive that very night!
What will she do now? Where will she go?
Making her way through the dim-lit streets, there is only one namethat comes to her mind-Kunal, the one man who has shownher friendship and respect in her new household. Hiding in hisapartment, he becomes her protector. As the forbidden attractionbetween them grows and complicates an already messy situation,will Kunal be successful in safeguarding Megha?
Torn between her affections for Kunal and the conventional ethos of the society, which path will she choose?
Follow Megha as she struggles to piece together her life and work towards an unblemished future, unveiling the brutal realities faced by the Dowry Brides.
About the Author: Shobhan Bantwal
Shobhan Bantwal is the author of six novels and two anthologies.Her books combine contemporary womens issues with romanticelements. Her articles have appeared in The Writer, Romantic Times,India Abroad, Little India, New Woman, and India Currents. Her shortfiction has won honours and awards in contests sponsored by WritersDigest, New York Stories, and New Woman magazines. Her debut book,The Dowry Bride, won the 2008 Golden Leaf Award. The UnexpectedSon won the 2012 National Indie Excellence Award. Shobhan livesin Arizona, USA.
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