by Madhu Bazaz Wangu
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"An Immigrant Wife reminds me of Emily Alone by Stewart O'Nan. The story spans a much greater time period, but both novels deal with personal growth and life lessons, big andsmall. The author, Madhu B. Wangu, has written an enjoyable story and created unforgettable characters, especially the beautiful descriptions of art and the wonderful food descriptions. The author also skillfully portrays the artistic growth of the protagonist, Shanti, through her painting and cooking. This is alovely, quiet story written lyrical." --Meredith Cohen (Author, Aftertaste)
"Beautiful and lush, An Immigrant Wife takes the reader on one woman's touching, turmeric-drenched journey from naive but determined art student in India to longing-filled American wife and mother. The author Madhu B. Wangu has written a maharaja's banquet for the senses."
--Gwyn Cready (RITA Award Winning Author)
"This book has absolutely taken my breath away at how much I willingly became attached to the story and characters, it is an exceptional read. With the tremendous writing skills of Madhu Wangu, you can vividly see, almost touch and smell what is being described." --Beck Valley Books
In 1997, Dr. Wangu voyaged around the world with students and faculty members from various American Universities for the Semester-at-Sea program. She loved the experience so much that each year she has been revisiting places of historical significance in different countries, observing the cultures, meeting the people and enjoying their cuisine.
In 2010, she founded the Mindful Writers Group, and in 2015 started a second one. She encourages writers of all levels and genres to delve deeper in their work by body-mind-heart meditation. Her CD, Meditations for Mindful Writers was released in 2011. She guides writers in meditation and writing marathons. Twice each year, Mindful Writers Groups gather for writing retreats. There, surrounded by nature, they practice sitting and walking meditations in-between long writing sessions.
Madhu B. Wangu has published numerous essays and four books on Hindu and Buddhist goddesses and Indian religions. She has held five one-person art exhibitions in India and US. Her collection, Chance Meetings: Stories About Cross-Cultural Collisions and Compassion, was published in 2015 and her debut novel, The Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey, in 2016. Currently, she is writing her second novel, The Last Suttee and a guidebook for mindful writing.
The best thing about Christmas for her is...that the tree that has grown and bloomed in sunshine and rain for months is brought inside to give joy and warmth to the family.
This year is special because...my first collection of stories and debut novel have left home and touring the world.