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APARAJITA--The Woman Who Fought Back, And Won. [Kindle Edition]

Mangala Gouri
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Book Description

Aparajita, an Indian woman, is subjected to domestic violence, as Naveen, her husband of twelve years starts beating her up regularly, breaking bones. She does not understand why—she has a good job and is a hardworking and devoted wife and mother.
As she tries to find a way out of a misty maze that her life had turned into, she learns about many other Indian women who have been victims of brutality too, some faring much worse than her.
She finally learns the reason for the bestiality—Naveen wishes to get rid of her so that he could marry a girl half her age and twice as lovely. He wishes for a divorce. But how could she divorce him? In rural India, called Bharat, where this story is set, a lone woman is ill treated. A divorcee is stigmatized and exploited. Anyway, the women in Bharat are taught to depend first on their father, then their husband, and then their son. It was unheard of for a woman to be independent. Her father and brother were dead, her son was very young, and she had no male relatives to depend on.
She knocks on every door for help—the police, the social workers, her family, Naveen’s family, the home for destitute women—but learns that in the male dominated society of India, the odds are weighed heavily against her.
Finding no help from anywhere, she is determined to fight for herself, her son and her widowed mother.
But suddenly, she finds herself on the street, as her house burns down.
How does she fight them all? How does she succeed? How does she manage to turn the tables on Naveen, so that he is forced to limp back, with his tail between his legs? Does she take him back?
Read on, and find out….

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About the Author

Mangala Gouri is a lecturer from Kullu, India. She is married to Nanak Chand Verma, and they have a son who is training to be an engineer. She always wanted to be a writer. Her other books, all available at amazon are: The City of Widows & Other Stories, The Night That Changed Everything, Aliens on Their Own Planet and The Jungle of Jola-Thach & Other Paranormal Stories. she hopes to write, write, right till her very end!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 739 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Mangala Gouri (Author); 1 edition (7 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EEA9FU8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,388 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I, Mangala Gouri, am an Indian woman, wife and mother, and work as a lecturer in the Indian Himalayas with my lecturer husband and a Tibetan pooch, Lily. Our son is away in college.

I have written seven books, all of which are available in Amazon--"The Night That Changed Everything", "The City of Widows & Other Stories," and "Aparajita-The Woman Who Fought Back, And Won," "The Fire Sermon," "The Jungle of Jola-Thach & Other Paranormal Stories," --"Mira, The Woman Who Survived, and Won". All the books offer insights into the life of Indian women-their resilience, grit, and hope in the face of hopeless odds, bringing alive the institutionalized exploitation inherent in our country,and to question both the stoicism of Indians and the apathy of the world community to needless suffering. More of my books will be 'out' soon, as I wish to write, write and write, till I die.

I chose a romantic adventure for my latest book--Love Rocks! Everywhere! Always!--and as it is set in the remote valley of Spiti in the Indo-China border, a cold desert which few people have visited, I added the pictures of the valley--a first for a book of fiction, to the best of my knowledge.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 29 Sept. 2013
By gfdsa
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Although I did find the ending a little contrived, it didn't detract from a very good piece of writing. I would also have liked to see what happened to Aparajati, after the ending. Would she be another cog in the wheel_ preserving the status quo, would she like many others suffer "compassion fatigue" as she tries to change all that is wrong in Indian society.

I had a lot of empathy for her story and it does sound all to familiar unfortunately. Thank you Mangala for writing this and bringing this appalling situation to light. If domestic violence wasn't brushed under the carpet as much as it is, if people were not so willing to accept it, it wouldn't be such a problem.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read 5 Nov. 2013
By reb
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Beautifully written book. Brilliant ending. Lyrical descriptions of Bharat interspersed with the reality of the suffocating social and cultural norms that continue to hamper equality there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By S Ottal
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This book depicts how women are treated in India. It illustrates the backward thoughts of elders and their offspring. The main character is an extremely intelligent woman who does her utmost to put things right and do herself and her injustice. Wonderfully written and thought provoking. The author should be congratulated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars WOW!What a Story!! 27 Mar. 2014
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A painful tale. A fantastic story. Maybe a little confusing at times but probably because I didn't discover the glossary at the back til I finished the book. A good read for a woman who perhaps is doubting her worth. In fact anyone who needs a pointer of hold on it can get better sort of thing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Janet Rodgers 3 Mar. 2014
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Most people are unaware of the problems of women in certain countries who are widowed, divorced without choice or single. It makes for very sad reading the 21st century. However, I'm glad I read it
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4.0 out of 5 stars different but interesting 28 May 2014
By BiddyB
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Gives a good insight into life in an undeveloped part of India.
An interesting read but with so many similar names it takes a while to identify who is who and when
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4.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable read 31 May 2014
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I enjoyed this book and learned lots about this culture and the role of women. I liked the stories of the older generations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fabulous read 23 Oct. 2014
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I have not enjoyed a book as much as this for a long time. I loved all the little stories she tells. You must read it during the day, it kept me up half the night I couldn't put it down. I didn't want it to end. I would definitely read more books by this author.
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