Through my Eyes: Malini

Malini lives with her parents and young sister, Banni, in northern Sri Lanka. As the civil war heads towards its catastrophic end, family are herded by Tamil Tiger troops coast where they will act as human shields, along thousands of other civilians. When Malini’s father pushes a mobile phone into hands tells to run off forest does she is told. But then shelling begins, has no way finding mother father. With role parent thrust upon her, choice but travel grandfather’s village long inland. She Banni need keep highways stay alert for soldiers from all sides. next meal come from? Who can trust? Where shelter? And ever be reunited their again?

Malini lives with her parents and young sister, Banni, in northern Sri Lanka. As the civil war heads towards its catastrophic end, family are herded by Tamil Tiger troops coast where they will act as human shields, along thousands of other civilians. When Malini’s father pushes a mobile phone into hands tells to run off forest does she is told. But then shelling begins, has no way finding mother father. With role parent thrust upon her, choice but travel grandfather’s village long inland. She Banni need keep highways stay alert for soldiers from all sides. next meal come from? Who can trust? Where shelter? And ever be reunited their again? The uplifting story one girl’s odyssey through war-torn

The mythic figure Satya Pir has a wide following among Hindus and Muslims alike in the Bangla-speaking regions of South Asia. Believed to be an avatara krsna, or Sufi saint, somehow both, he is worshiped for his ability bring wealth comfort family. At heart this worship simple proposition that human dignity morality are dependent upon proper livelihood-without wealth, people cannot expected live moral lives. Men have special responsibility create stability, but sometimes fail miserably, making ill-advised decisions compromise women who them. these threatening junctures, must take matters into their own hands, they call on help them right wrongs done by husbands fathers. In book, Tony K. Stewart presents lively translations eight closely related 18th- 19th-century Bengali folk tales centered helps. To extricate her husband other family members from predicaments, one heroine dresses drag, dons armor fight cutthroats, slays raging rhino hacks off its horn, takes prize king’s daughter, consternation all. another tale, woman’s magically transformed ram kept witch as breeding stock, another’s popinjay parrot, better elude jealous father, intent protecting good daughter’s virtue. each case men rescued restored normal resourceful women. While ostensible motivation tales, really demonstrations Pir’s miraculous powers, which authenticate him legitimate object worship. also wickedly funny, parodying Brahmins yogis kings sepoys. These surprising entertaining stories fly face conventional wisdom about separation Hindus. Moreover, happily stand alone, speaking with easily recognized if not universal voice exasperation amazement at what life throws us.

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