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Madhu Bazaz Wangu

The Other Shore

Book Launch Today!

THE OTHER SHORE Today we are gathering at https://www.facebook.com/madhu.wangu to launch, The Other Shore, my second collection of stories. Readers, writers, friends and family are gathering to pay their good wishes. I will post short videos throughout the day. I’d love it if you too would write a few words of blessings for its success!  Thank you very much!  ...

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The Last Suttee: Required Reading

I’m honored and thrilled to post that Dr. Leslie Jaffe (College Physician and Instructor, Smith College) has made my novel, The Last Suttee a required reading for his summer course, Global Young Women’s Health. Here is an excerpt from his email to me: “The Last Suttee works for my course on several levels.  It's an engaging adventure story well told. It touches on the cultural obstacles facing girls in India. And the girls will relate to Kumud the heroine who shows how one person can be an agent of change. The intent of my course is to empower young women by helping them increase the knowledge about their bodies, the challenges women face in other cultures and the possibility of making a difference in their lives and lives of others. I will discuss the readings...

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The Other Shore: Print Copy

What unites all of the stories is their ability to guide us on the greatest journey of all—the journey inward. The Other Shore is a potent reminder of the power of fiction to restore and transform. (Meredith Mileti, author of Aftertaste: A Novel in Five Courses)...

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New Book: Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal I'm thrilled to share the cover of THE OTHER SHORE: Ordinary People Grappling with Extraordinary Challenges! With each new book the excitement of sharing its cover with you all never loses its glimmer. The twenty stories in THE OTHER SHORE and the people inhabiting them have lived in my mind since my novel The Last Suttee left home to be on its own. Which means the characters in this collection have been living with me for four years. On June 8 they too will leave their home enveloped in this gorgeous cover (design by Jenny Quinlan) to entertain you with the adventures wrapped within. I hope you fall in love with the characters and the settings as much as I enjoyed creating them.  ...

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FREE!!! Story Collection: CHANCE MEETINGS

FREE!!! My first collection of stories, CHANCE MEETINGS is free from March 7-14 at Smashwords.com: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/530688 SELECTED REVIEWS: Twelve fascinating stories! Twelve fascinating stories, I thought I would read one at a time, but when I began, I couldn't put the book down until I finished all twelve. The author definitely lived this life. I could feel it as though I was there.You won't want to miss this. (Patrick J DiCesare) An Oasis of Calm in a Chaotic WorldChance Meetings, Madhu Wangu’s volume of short stories offers the reader a chance to see that our lives, however small, are not without purpose.As a woman who is both Indian and American, Wangu writes from a unique perspective. I learned a great deal from these simple stories and I came to a greater understanding of...

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Love on the Edge

Love on the Edge reveals the essence and evolution of the human need for relationship, written in a time when we’re all searching for deeper meaning and connection....

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Poems: Writers & Writing

You will be amazed to read how long walks in silence can boost your creativity and enhance your day to day life. This slim volume will guide you through the benefits of walking mindfully through wilderness. Try it. You will be glad you did....

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Hopeful, Healthier, Cheerful 2021!

Happy and Healthy New Year to Our Family and Friends with these Navreh Thaals (Kashmiri Ritual) from Manoj and me and our daughters, Srimal and Zoon! The plates (thaals) show bowls of milk and yogurt, sweets and salt, fresh and dry fruit, book and notebook, pen and pencil, gold jewelry and a mirror. The items are placed over uncooked rice. Other items may include red chili, pods of tamarind or similar items. At the end of the day each ingredient is transferred back to their containers. (This year Zoon included “pink flowers for those we lost and vaccine card for those still here and those whom we can save.”) Rice symbolizes sustenance and gold abundance. The transformative process of milk turning into yogurt signifies skill, method, duration and patience it requires for a task to begin, jell,...

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