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The Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  12 reviews
As a girl on the brink of womanhood in 1960s India, Shanti Bamzai has big dreams. Rather than enter into an arranged marriage like her sister, Shanti embarks on a journey into the unknown, leaving her family home behind for an education and a chance to chart her own destiny. While India experiences an upheaval of cultural and societal changes as old-world traditions collid ...more
Paperback, 532 pages
Published February 18th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Kathryn Bashaar
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was paired with the author of this book for an author talk at the Art & Inspiration group at the Shaler North Hills Library here in Pittsburgh. Madhu and I connected instantly, and some of the similar themes in The Immigrant's Wife and my novel, The Saint's Mistress were apparent as we discussed our books that evening.
But now that I have read Madhu's book, I am absolutely blown away by the genius Bill Rock showed in putting us together. The main trajectories of our books are almost exactly the
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Maharaj Kaul
May 22, 2016 rated it liked it
A novel is a slice of life past unfolding as a vivid dream.

In Madhu Wangu’s novel Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey the past unfolding is that of Shanti Bamzai, who was born and raised in Kashmir, India.

The novel is replete with fine word-mosaics of observations and events. Wangu is quite skilled at that. She uses her painter’s skills of raw observation and rounding up of it. The narrative has good flow. Her use of stream-of-consciousness technique is good. The book, overall, is a stream of
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Heather Osborne
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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The Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey by Madhu Bazaz Wangu is a women’s fiction novel of epic proportions. Wangu chronicles the life of Shanti Bamzai, a young woman growing up in 1960s India. Shanti has great dreams of becoming an artist, and forgoes convention by insisting to study art at a university in Delhi. However, after her studies, Shanti falls in love with a man, and finds herself falling back into the traditional role of wife and mother. Her f
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Sonya Neal
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I honestly didn't know what to expect when I started reading this book, but Dr. Wangu hooked me on page two with this description: "...her morning was spoiled like a plate of steaming white rice upon which a housefly sat." I knew at that point that I was going to enjoy this book!

All Shanti wants to do is go to college to study art, but her very traditional father has found her a husband and is adamant that she marries. She manages to get permission to go to college, at the expense of her relatio
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Please Pass the Books
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
In her book, The Immigrant Wife, Wangu introduces and brings us into the life of Shanti, a forward-thinking woman at odds with her culture and upbringing at a critical time in her life. Instead of doing what's expected, Shanti makes a bold decision to leave everything she's ever known behind to pursue her own dreams. We are taken on this journey from India to America, and all it entails for Shanti—college, marriage, children—in Wangu's thoughtful and engrossing novel.

More of an epic than a comin
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Jessica
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal book! This book was longer than I thought it would be! Did I mind that? Of course NOT! This is one of those books you want to take your time to read and absolutely savor it! I really enjoyed being able to read all about Shanti growing up & her family. The love, the loss and the emotions that were experienced was absolutely there & I felt like I, as a reader, experienced those feelings too! I loved that no one, not even her father, could her in her way of what she wanted.

This book was
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Algene
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can relate to the main character of the book, Shanti Bamzai. I love everything about "The Immigrant Wife," especially that she has the courage to leave things behind in order to move forward. Her journey is full of lessons that I will always keep close to my heart. The choices she made were not easy but they were necessary. Madhu Bazaz Wangu did a great job in showing the readers of the book the meaning of being an empowered woman. In this life, we all need to step up. We have to know what we ...more
Kathleen George
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Madhu Wangu has written a sensitive novel full of intelligence and wisdom about one woman's search for a way to both serve family/tradition and also to be free of the strictures that would prevent her from being an independent person and an artist. I loved the idea of colorful foods standing in for the painting she is not able to do when she is taking care of children, cooking every day, that is, serving family and tradition. The food, by the way, sounds marvelous. The novel has one big hook, a ...more
Deborah Rosenfelder
I loved reading “The Immigrant Wife”. In this book the reader observes how a young Indian woman’s life unfolds. Wangu introduces her readers to Shanti Bamzai a young woman who is growing up in India during the 1960s. The book provides the reader with a look at Indian culture through a woman’s struggle in finding her own identity. In this book we watch Shanti, the main character of the novel struggle to fulfill her dreams and aspirations, in spite of the roadblocks that came in the form of family ...more
Leila
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First things first – this book is long. Incredibly long. Do not plan to sit down and read this quickly. It won’t happen and you won’t want it to anyway. Take your time, savor it, read it, enjoy it – enjoy the long read.

I loved reading The Immigrant Wife. I loved being in Shanti’s family and growing up with her – all the love, the loss, the emotions. She was so independent and so headstrong. She was talented and she knew what she wanted – no one, even her father, could get in her way.

We grew up w
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Julie Baswell
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shanti did not want to marry, and become a wife having nothing to look forward to except the daily drudgery of running a household of endless chores. She wanted to go to college to become an artist, and nothing else. This was a disappointment to her father, who was from traditional India. After graduating college with a degree in art, she meets Satyavan and falls in love. But will this be the end of her artistry? Only time will tell.

I wish I was as headstrong as Shanti was. It was refreshing rea
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Mar 28, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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