"NIRMALA: The Mud Blossom" by Fiza Pathan
"Nirmala: The Mud Blossom" graphically depicts the travails, discrimination, and abuse faced by female children in India from the cradle to the grave. Available on Amazon.com in Paperback and Kindle version. ISBN 978-1-5006031-1-3 $ 5.99 ASIN B00M9ORT9K $ 2.99
Nirmala is ill-treated by her mother, always subject to violence at her hands. She is allowed to continue her studies only because she can then coach her younger brothers, as the parents are illiterate. Each beating is accepted with forbearance, as she loves to go to school to get books to read from her library.
Nirmala is forced to stop her studies after the twelfth grade so her parents can save enough money to send the boys to college. She is then married off, but while her married life begins smoothly, it is only the beginning of her next phase of hell. After giving birth to her first child, Nirmala is subjected to harassment, beatings, and forced into doing things contrary to her beliefs and dreams. Her life is shattered.
What will happen to this little mud blossom? Will she fight back or succumb? How can she rid herself of harassment and rise above the stigma she endures?
"Nirmala: The Mud Blossom" graphically depicts the travails, discrimination, and abuse faced by female children in India from the cradle to the grave.
"I highly recommend Nirmala, The Mud Blossom as a compelling read. No one with a heart can come away from it without being changed. You will feel the pain and the love behind every word and image, Pathan identifies herself so strongly with her creations. You will have to give of yourself and no doubt end up being a more empathetic person, more likely to help save the world, for it."
- Margaret Virany, author of A Book of Kells: Growing Up in an Ego Void
"Anyone who reads Pathan's story will fall in love with her protagonist and will feel sad when the book comes to a close." Indie Reader Approved
"Eye-opening, riveting, and not for the faint of heart, Nirmala: The Mud Blossom is very much a must read for all." Recommended by The US Review of Books (reviewed by Anita Lock)
"Nirmala: The Mud Blossom is painful to read, but it carries a stunning and a essential message. It's most highly recommended." Readers' Favorite (5 Stars reviewed by John Magnus)
Available on Amazon.com in Paperback and Kindle version. ISBN 978-1-5006031-1-3 $ 5.99 ASIN B00M9ORT9K $ 2.99
Available on Amazon.com