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Madhu Bazaz Wangu

Web Tour Continues: Day 7

I’m spending Day 7 of the web book tour with Debbie, author of Green and Glassie. Come join me today and see the review of Chance meetings. You can also take your own tour of the site to learn about green living from Debbie. Chance Meetings is a wonderful collection of short stories about life. Each unique and meaningful. I found the stories to be intriguing while forcing me to examine my mind and heart. I think my favorite short story was The Blackened Mirror. Tomorrow, I will be visiting What Jenna Thought and I hope to see you there. One final thought! Make sure that you sign up for my new email newsletter by clicking the red banner at the top of this page. Have a wonderful day!...

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Web Tour Continues: Day 6 Ebook Addicts

Welcome back! It is the second week of the Chance Meetings web book tour and I am excited to see where my virtual traveling brings us. I am also looking forward to reading the lessons and ideas readers take away from the short stories shared in Chance Meetings. Today, I join Ebooks Addicts. You can see the review here. My favourites were the Blackened Mirror and Gauri’s Freedom, but if I am honest I loved them all, and this a collection I could go back and read again and again. Have a wonderful week and remember to stay in touch with my email newsletter by clicking here and placing your email in the red banner at the top of the page. Happy Monday!...

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Web Tour Continues: Day 5

It is Day 5 of the web book tour and I cannot tell you how pleased I am to visit Book Babble today. Teresa is a beautiful writer and I am delighted to see my book review on her site. As I finished each story in the book, I couldn't wait to get to the next one. They are well-written, and they pull you into the life of the characters. My favorite story was An American Dialogue--it is very time appropriate for this day and age. As you read these reviews and stories, please join in the conversation. You can stay in touch with my email newsletter by clicking here and placing your email in the red banner at the top of the page. Thank you for following along today. On...

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Web Tour Continues: Day 4

The first week of my web book tour is flying by! Today, I want to share my experience of virtually visiting I Heart Giveaways, Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. Take a peek at the reviews for Chance Meetings at the following links: I Heart Giveaways Amazon All I can tell you is that I will be going back to re read many if not most of these time and again. There is much to be learned about life and how you should live it no matter the religion you follow! Goodreads The book made me realize how one single person can change the lives of the people he meets and the world where he lives. If you are fond of inspirational stories, then Chance Meetings is something that you should get hold of. Trust...

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Web Tour Continues: Mamma Natty’s Raves & Reviews and Life As Leels

Today is Day 3 of the web book tour. I am visiting Mamma Natty's Raves and Reviews!  Over the past three days, I am filled with joy to share the stories and lessons from Chance Meetings with other passionate readers and writers. I encourage you to visit this blog and share it with others. Thank you, Natalie, for sharing such a beautiful review of my book. Every story is well written and full of magic that will give you goosebumps and leave you uplifted and satisfied that we are all in the exact place we need to be in our life. I loved learning more about the beautiful Indian culture and liked very much how little bits of it were added to the stories. Such a beautiful collection of short stories, one I want...

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Web Book Tour Begins: Miki’s Hope book review

Today, I begin Day 1 of a web book tour. This will be my first tour and I will be virtually visiting England and the United States until June 15.  Over this period, I will visit 15 websites for interviews and reviews. I am excited to have so many opportunities to entertain, inform and enlighten new readers about art, spirituality, and the evil and good in all of us. Throughout the tour, I will share stories from this experience. I encourage you to visit these blogs and websites I am touring, and to share them with others. Each of these writers and readers has a unique perspective to share with us. We begin the tour in Beck Valley, at Miki’s Hope: http://www.mikishope.com/2015/06/signed-book-ga-3-ww-chance-meetings.html.  Thank you, Miki’s Hope, for your thoughtful review of Chance Meetings!...

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Book club discussion questions for Chance Meetings

For book clubs who would like to read and discuss Chance Meetings, I've put together discussion questions. You can download the guide here: Chance Meetings book club guide If you haven't read the stories yet, these questions might reveal too much! But if you have read the book, I would be delighted to know your reactions and responses to the discussion questions. If you would like me to speak to your book club, please contact me. I can visit in person within the Pittsburgh area, or connect via Skype or phone elsewhere....

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CHANCE MEETINGS is published!

Chance Meetings: Stories About Cross-Cultural Karmic Collisions and Compassion is inspired by my life as an artist, a professor of Indian art history and a dilettante commentator of Asian scriptures. The diverse tracks that I had followed until my early-fifties coalesced and stimulated these stories. Some stories were sparked from my life as an artist. “Gauri’s Freedom” is one such story. Its protagonist, Gauri, an aspiring artist faces colossal obstacles. She struggles to pacify and overcome rebuff from her family but in vain. In “The Blackened Mirror,” the fame and fortune a painter dreams about becomes a reality only to reveal its destructive side. Jealousy and competitiveness is the dominant emotion in “Cadmium and Crimson.” My youngest brother was killed in an automobile accident in India when I was in my thirties....

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Praise for CHANCE MEETINGS: A Collection of Stories

I'm so pleased to share with you a few lovely comments made about my short story collection, Chance Meetings: Stories About Cross-Cultural Karmic Collisions and Compassion! 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 And here is the blurb for the book, to...

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An Excerpt from “Gauri’s Freedom”

Here’s another excerpt from my upcoming collection of stories, CHANCE MEETINGS. This is from the story, “Gauri’s Freedom,” and it’s about when Gauri met Ramji… Bansi Pandit, the matchmaker had come to Gauri’s home with a marriage proposal. He had found a suitable boy for her named Ramji Raina. Ramji, an architect turned businessman, was from a well-respected family originally from the valley of Kashmir. A self-made man, he managed a successful business importing Kashmiri jewelry, clothing, and crafts to the United States, where he now lived. “He lives in Amreekah?” asked Gauri’s mother, Maji, who sat next to her husband. “Yes, Amreekah! If he agrees to this match, she’d be a lucky girl!” Bansi said. “What about his family? Where do they live?” Gauri’s father, Molaji, said. “They live in Amreekah. Here! Here in...

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