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, filled with the struggles, trials and ordeals that 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 art, and her family is inspirational. A winner.
LAURENCE A. GLASCO (Author, Teenie Harris, Photographer: Image, Memory, History)
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In this collection of stories, twelve different people from different walks of life discover how one chance meeting with a stranger can change a person forever.
Madhu B. Wangu eloquently draws from her own Indian-American heritage and examines the lives of ordinary people facing challenging circumstances — cruelty, prejudiced minds, twisted family relationships, unhappy marriages — and demonstrates how these situations transcend ethnicity and background as interactions with strangers force each character to look deep within themselves, often acknowledging painful truths and long-held secrets, in order to seize control of their own destinies and forge their own paths to independence and happiness.
Beautiful, lush, lyrical stories and rhythmic language transports and transforms — each story is an unforgettable journey.
Kathleen Shoop, IPPY Award-Winning Author of The Last Letter and After the Fog
A skilled practitioner, Madhu B. Wangu, writes from the marrow of her bones. In her collection, she conjures dream-like motifs of goodness, guidance, and the human condition. Her writing, infused with echoes of Hindu and Buddhist myths, is deeply satisfying and transformative.
Gwyn Cready, RITA Award Winning Author
Chance Meetings is an evocative and thought-provoking collection: A delicious blending of cultures, delicately rendered and rich with sensory detail.
Meredith Mileti, Author of Aftertaste
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“This book on Khir Bhavani is indeed interesting and long over due. The great goddess has not received due attention outside of the Kashmir valley and the book will certainly help to overcome the lacuna.” — Dr. Karan Singh, Member Indian Rajya Sabha
“Madhu B. Wangu’s account of the emergence of new Goddesses, particularly Khir Bhavani in Kashmir, is fascinating, engaging and significant.” — Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, Director, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts
“Written by educator and South Asia Religion expert Madhu Bazaz Wangu, A Goddess is Born: The Emergence of Khir Bhavani in Kashmir is a meticulous and scholarly interpretation of an ancient Kashmiri scripture with its historic context, including visual representations and the Tulmul temple itself in order to reveal the inception of the Kashmiri Goddess Khir Bhavani. An extensively detailed, thoughtful and deftly researched account, A Goddess is Born is highly recommended for Asian Religious Studies reference library collections and reading lists.” — Midwest Book Review, Oregon, WI, USA
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“In her book, Images of Indian Goddesses: Myths, Meanings and Models, Madhu B. Wangu unfolds the grand narrative of the Goddess and juxtaposes it with the social position of Indian women. She addresses the knotty problem of the exalted and empowered Goddess, and the dominated and subjugated women. The author even offers a solution, that the mythical imagery of the Goddess can again empower the women through a process of internalization.” — Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, Director, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts & Member Indian Rajya Sabha.
“(P)rovides a detailed and quite comprehensive discussion of the religion and its influence on culture and history.” The book Buddhism was selected as one of the 1994 books for young adults by the New York Public Library.
“Well written analysis…. (A) good choice for advanced students seeking an in-depth approach.’
This CD contains four meditations for writers: Body, Heart, Mind and the Complete Practice. These meditations make writers mindful of their writing and daily living. Its regular practice stimulates thoughts, feelings and insights that enhance the process of writing and self-knowing.
The Mindful Writers, those who have followed this discipline, affirm that its daily practice enhances creativity, improves productivity, gets rid of writer’s block and improves the quality of the day.
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