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
While Rama was away at the Christian camp meeting, twelve of her students decided to be baptized. Rama's example of simple faith pulled the girls. Rama didn't know if this was a triumph or a disaster. The school was funded as a secular school. Hindus allowed child widows to attend, but wouldn't accept students being baptized. And Rama was still engrossed in her own crisis of faith. This wasn't like praying for a farm. This was Rama's cherished school. But Rama had no time for sponsorship politics. A greater crisis loomed.
Rama's Labyrinth: A Biographical Novel (Women of Determination and Courage)
Though no one specifically mentioned the baptisms, word spread. Newspaper reports charged Rama had specifically converted her students and had been required to do so by her American backers. Sharada Sadan, according to Rama’s enemies, was a Christian mission in another guise. Families responded quickly. The student body fell from sixty-five to forty-eight within weeks. Rama hoped at least some of the girls would return but didn’t dwell on it. God was pulling Rama in a different direction.