Madhu Bazaz Wangu is an author, artist and founder of the Mindful Writers Group. 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 twenty years she taught Hindu and Buddhist art history at the University of Pittsburgh, Rhode Island College and Wheaton College, Mass. She joined Pennwriters Organization in 2005 and served as the Area 3 Rep and Author Advocacy Coordinator from 2008-2012. She was an active Board Member and Pennwriters Annual Writing Contest Judge.
Dr. Wangu has written two books about Hindu and Buddhist goddesses. Images of Indian Goddesses: Myths, Meanings and Models, (Abhinav Publications, New Delhi, 2003) discusses the meaning of goddess symbols. A Goddess is Born, her doctoral dissertation, (Spark Publishers, 2002) details the social, political, and cultural meanings of a local goddess of Kashmir. 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). She has held five one-person shows of oil paintings and has exhibited with several art groups in India as well as USA.
Madhu B. Wangu has an abiding interest in mindful meditation, Indian arts and religions as they relate to the theories of Carl Jung and his school. As a scholar of the phenomenology, she finds the inner world of the Self as absorbing as the teachings about the ultimate reality and human spirit. More than three decades of painting, writing and meditating has lead her to write about the Self, its expression in art and literature, and joy that experiencing Self brings.
Madhu Wangu’s CD, Meditation for Mindful Writers, was released in 2011. Her debut fiction, Chance Meetings: Stories About Cross-Cultural Karmic Collisions and Compassion was published in April, 2015. And her debut novel, An Immigrant Wife will be released in January, 2016. Currently she is writing her second novel, The Last Suttee. In addition to leading the weekly Mindful Writers Group, Dr. Wangu co-leads Mindful Writers Annual Retreat.
She lives in Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA with her husband Manoj. They have two daughters — an avionics engineer and a pediatrician — and are blessed with two grandchildren.