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
It took incredible courage for Rama to 'cross the water' to England. It meant complete loss of caste, a hard decision for a Brahmin. I'm struck by Rama's determination to meet her destiny when she had no idea what that meant. A lone single parent with a small child traveling to a land where she has no friends. The decision makes me wonder which was more important to Rama, leaving where she was or arriving at her destination.
Rama's Labyrinth: A Biographical Novel (Women of Determination and Courage)
Rama stood near the P & O steamship office with Mano close to her side. She’d been to Bombay before, giving lectures for the Noble Women’s Society, but she’d never been to the port. The crowds jostled more than those at train stations. Stevedores wheeled overloaded wagons across the wharf. They paid no attention to pedestrians, let alone a small woman and her child. She hadn’t felt this way since Srinivas had put them on the train from Ahmedabad to Bombay all those years ago. How old was I then? Thirteen? Now I’m twenty-five, and I still don’t know where destiny takes me.