Biographical historical fiction that takes the reader across India during the last decades of the British Raj.
From a girlhood among Hindu shrines to widowhood and Christian conversion, Rama seeks her destiny. Is it only to educate Hindu widows? Or does God have a larger plan in mind?
Rama’s Labyrinth traces the life of Pandita Ramabai, a social reformer who rose above personal adversity to rescue and educate famine victims.
Sandra writes historical fiction about courageous women who overcame discrimination. She also writes a weekly blog with entries relating to history, her travel experiences, and other topics that catch her attention. For more information about Sandra, visit her website www.sandrawagnerwright.com
Rama, with her husband and child, visits her husband's cousin Krishnapriya, who invites everyone in the village to hear Rama speak. They've never seen a woman before, and certainly not a pandita. Rama ponders what she can share with such a mixed audience, and decides on the story of Savitri. A Hindu woman is responsible for her husband's health. Rama knows this universal theme will touch her audience and open them to a broader message.
Rama's Labyrinth: A Biographical Novel (Women of Determination and Courage)
By the time everyone arrived at the bungalow, it was sunset. Rama, seated on a platform, gazed over the sea of women. Krishnapriya’s closest friends sat at her feet. The others were arranged outward according to rank. The poorest women sat on mats in the dusty yard. What could she say to these women? Rama couldn’t make up her mind. I’ll tell them about Savitri, the woman who stared death in the face in order to save her husband. That’ll hold their attention.