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Madhu Bazaz Wangu

Why I Love Pittsburgh, Reason # 3

Pittsburgh Cultural District The reason #3 why I love Pittsburgh is its Cultural District. Opera, play, ballet, and symphony stir my soul, the purpose of all art. The stories told in verse and prose puncture the repose of routine, and they are essential for frequent reawakening. Recently, Pittsburgh Opera’s “The Rake’s Progress” at the Benedum and Pittsburgh Public Theatre’s “Disgraced” at the O’Reilly succeeded in stirring my spirit in spades. One of my favorite artists, David Hockney, designed the sets in cross-hatching technique, eccentric costumes and childlike wigs. His props and designs reinterpret Stravinsky’s opera for the stage. Stravinsky was himself influenced by engravings of William Hogarth, an 18th century artist. Hockney felt that Hogarth’s precise cross-hatching technique perfectly...

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Chance Meetings NIEA Finalist

Dear Readers, Happy Mother's Day! On this beautiful day I'd like to share some good news with you: Chance Meetings: Stories About Cross-Cultural Karmic Collisions and Compassion, is a Finalist for the 10th National Indie Excellence Award. Check it out at http://www.indieexcellence.com On the NIEA website the book appears with its original cover:                           The new cover is:  ...

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10 Reasons Why I Love Pittsburgh | Reason #2

Reason # 2 Strip District Market In mid 1970s, when I arrived in Pittsburgh, there was not an International Isle in the local supermarkets. Vegetables such as okra (called lady’s fingers in India), turnip, long purple eggplants and kohlrabi were unfamiliar to the grocer. Goat meat was unavailable, and lamb available only during the week of lent. This was frustrating as I took as much pleasure in buying mouth watering raw ingredients as preparing scrumptious dishes. Couple of weeks after our arrival my sister, who had settled in Pittsburgh five years prior to the year we did, drove us to the Strip District. Driving through 13th to 33rd street on Penn Avenue she said in that market place I would find everything and anything I needed. And I certainly did. Before parking the...

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10 Reasons Why I Love Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Tri-River State Pittsburgh, where three rivers meet (thus a sacred city according to Hinduism) has been my home since 1974. My husband and I have lived here for more years than in India where we were born. Our daughters were brought up here; they went away to college from here (Boston and Los Angeles) and returned to marry at the magnificent Hall of Architecture, Carnegie Museum of Art. With its 446 bridges over the rivers and countless hills and ravines, Pittsburgh landscape looks as breath taking as Srinagar, the capital of the Valley of Kashmir. I love Pittsburgh for its natural beauty, four distinct seasons, theatres, universities, museums, international restaurants, and numerous other sites. Let me begin with Phipps Conservatory. Each time I visit the green building I feel the thrill that...

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Gaurav, The brother Shanti Adores

Satyavan wants to immigrate to America. Shanti’s mother and sister are frantic. “Do you want to go to a foreign land and leave your family?” Her mother asks. “Why did he have to move seven seas away?” Ganga says. But Gaurav, Shanti’s brother—who happens to like Satyavan, declares this to be a great career opportunity. What does Shanti think? To find out, read The Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey, now available in print.    ...

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Sister of Shanti’s Heart – Ganga

Ganga was sister of Shanti’s heart! Seven years older, Shanti admired everything about her. And Ganga loved her as much, if not more. A few months before her own wedding, Ganga purchased semi-precious jewelry sets, for herself and for Shanti. But there was a problem: Ganga did not like Satyavan. “What do you see in him?” She would say, “I tell you, something is not right with him!” Shanti was in love with Satyavan. What was she to do? Some of the jewelry pieces from Ganga's collection: [gallery columns="1" size="large" ids="41061,41062,41064,41059,41063,41058,41060"]...

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Introducing Shanti and Satyavan

Introducing Shanti and Satyavan Shanti Bamzai, the protagonist of The Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey, was born in the Valley of Kashmir. The valley is framed by the mountain ranges of Karakoram, Pir Panjal and Zanskar. The Jhelum River runs through it. Kalhana, the renowned eighth century historian writes, “Kailasha, the divine abode is the best place in the three worlds; Himalaya is the best part of Kailasha, and the valley of Kashmir the best part of Himalayas. . . . The valley’s saffron, iced water and grapes are rare even in heaven.” Shanti’s family often picnics at the garden Nishat Bagh meaning ‘Garden of Bliss.’ One Sunday, Satyavan, a houseguest accompanies them. The morning sun has colored the landscape gold. Luxurious mountains form the backdrop to the garden and the shimmering Dul...

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PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON BOOKS

The Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey is available on Amazon for pre-order. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CKCLD74 I am overjoyed, with a touch of nervousness, for the pre-sale release of The Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey. The novel is about a labyrinthine journey of Shanti, an artist, wife and mother towards her Self. It is filled with the struggles, the trials and the ordeals she faces. Each step stretches her as she hopes and feels renewed. The Immigrant Wife: A Spiritual Journey is beautifully written. I loved it! The story weaves many small strands into an intriguing tapestry, much like the paintings of our heroine, Shanti. And it paints a picture of life in two places--the beautiful valley of Kashmir and the beautiful hills of Western Pennsylvania. Shanti’s quiet determination to stay true to herself, her...

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Conversations on LinkedIn

Good Morning Readers! Last month I shared more information about the novel. Now I have created a group on LinkedIn to share passages from various chapters of the book. It is also a place for you to share your input and start a conversation about topics such as art, spirituality, cooking, travel or any other topic that would come to your mind as you read the novel. The Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey will be released in April. To begin, Login on LinkedIn Home Page Click on “Interests” Click on “Groups” Click on “My Groups” and search for "The Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey" “Join” OR Join the conversation by cutting and pasting this link in your browser: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8478377 Thank you!...

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Novel is Completed in Reader’s Mind

During the early 70s in art school, I learned an adage that goes something like this: A painting is “done” when an artist signs and declares it finished but it is “completed” in the imagination of its onlookers. Since my passion for arts shifted from painting to writing I have often contemplated on this adage. I believe what is true of painting is also true of novel. The process of reading is as pleasurable as the process of writing. When readers read they let their fertile imagination and creative flow stream with that of the writer’s. In other words, in their imagination they coauthor the novel. A novel’s setting, scenes and narrative capture reader’s creative power. Each reader’s version is unique depending on her or his social, political, religious and cultural background....

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