KARMA SUTRA: ESSAYS FROM THE MARGIN
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Rating: 5 Enchantments
There are many heroines throughout the book. Women not gifted with super-powers but who have an inner strength and force that allows them to overcome very great challenges of their daily lives.
A few examples are: Anagha, who like many young girls in her position cling to their religion to find hope and strength to exist. Haseena - young and hardened by her daily battle with the brown demon, seeking to find peace and hope in a hospice that may not be able to save her. Tulasa Thapa - after being run through the system escaped back to Nepal and brought voice to her and others like her plight through the global media. The list goes on…
There are few true heroes in any sense other than Mr. Menen who facing grave social repercussions still published the book.
The main theme or plot is the daily struggle of the men and women sucked into situations that cause them to become part of a dark and refuted existence. And yet, even in environments where life is at its blackest, these men and women find hope, love and even forgiveness to their situations if not to the people who have put them there.
Mr. Menen is a wonderful wordsmith whose skill, honed over a period of twenty years as a journalist, is ever present in the book. Blending vivid detail, poetic prose and the hardness of street life in India, has no equal.
The book is a breath of fresh air. Informative and poetic, it blends many aspects particular to India and the challenges that normal people face. Reading this book results in a manner that leaves the reader filled with awe and respect but at the same time saddened at the continued existence of man’s inhumanity against women and children.
Rowan E. Wagner