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Fighting for Tara is the story of 13-year-old Hansa, who is also the mother of Tara, a month-old baby. Hansa had been married when she was barely eleven, to a very old man. Not aware of any other life, she accepts her role as his wife and later as Tara’s mother. The only highlight in her life is the time she spends with Rani Champawati, who teaches Hansa to read and write.
Her simple life is shaken when her husband Gyani dies. His brother Baldev comes from another village and offers to marry Hansa. But his offer comes with a condition – that she kills her girl child. Well, Hansa does consider it as she doesn’t have a choice. But when push comes to shove, she’s unable to kill her sweet little baby. That’s when she decides to run away...
The author takes the reader from the small village in Rajasthan to a big city in the USA, the tale flowing in many threads, over the next decade. Tara is adopted by an American couple. But the story doesn’t end there. There’s more...
I fell in love with the courageous little Hansa, who’s so protective of her little child. Beautifully penned by Sunanda Chatterjee, Hansa’s character surpasses all else. The next on my list is Wolfgang. He’s so real and I loved him only next to Hansa. All the other characters, Vikram, Rani sahiba, Baldev, the Stuarts, Tara and a host of others – all were well sketched.
The author has woven a beautiful tale that’s extremely plausible. What I liked best is the hope it gives the reader - that life can turn positive when we put the right effort into it.
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