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Fighting for Tara

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  217 ratings  ·  26 reviews

How far will a mother go to save her child?

“I have no use for a baby girl. Get rid of her tonight!” He towered over her as she cringed in fear.

But Hansa, a thirteen-year-old child-bride in rural India, refuses to remain a victim of the oppressive society where a female child is an unwanted burden. Instead of drowning her baby, Hansa escapes from her village with

Kindle Edition, 310 pages
Published June 17th 2016 by Amazon Digital Services
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Shilpa Garg
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had read great reviews about Fighting for Tara and that evoked my curiosity. And the cover sealed the deal for me. Yes, sometimes I judge a book by its cover.

Fighting for Tara sucked me in fast, and kept me interested right from page one! It’s a story of a 13-year old child bride, Hansa and her daughter Tara. Hansa is left alone with her few months old daughter after the death of her old husband. Her brother-in-law wants to marry her and wants her to get rid of little Tara as he has no use
Renita D'Silva
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read and loved Shadowed Promise by this author and thought it perfect but this book... Wow! It is even better! Poignant, heart-rending, compelling, this is an addictive, beautiful story peopled with characters who grabbed hold of my heart and still haven't let go. I feel I know Tara and Wolfy, Anne and Liam, Sheila and Vikram, Sabina and Rani Sahiba, and especially the wonderful, brave and indomitable Hansa. A brilliant story with a powerful message. One that will appeal to everybody and one ...more
Inderpreet Uppal
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fighting for Tara is a book filled with love, restrictions and odds that women face each day. Hansa is a child bride and a mother at 13, her journey starts when she decides to save her daughter Tara and herself in the process. This book is an emotional journey of a thirteen-year-old girl and the odds she overcomes to save her daughter in a world where they are easily disposable and unwanted. The book brings to light the rampant child marriage, female infanticide, prostitution, and date rape that ...more
Sundari Venkatraman
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I downloaded a kindle version of this book in return for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for the same.

Fighting for Tara is the story of 13-year-old Hansa, who is also the mother of Tara, a month-old baby. Hansa had been married when she was barely eleven, to a very old man. Not aware of any other life, she accepts her role as his wife and later as Tara’s mother. The only highlight in her life is the time she spends with Rani Champawati, who teaches Hansa to read
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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The main reason I signed up for this book review was the book cover. Something about it captured my attention. Fighting for Tara is the story of Hansa, a child bride who is also a mother and her daughter Tara, the ill-fated child. The language was simple and the characters have been beautifully created. But it is the plot which stood out for me. A poignant tale of two mothers fighting for their child tugged at my heart strings. The book has
Oct 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Fighting for Tara is a gripping tale of a mother who will do anything to keep her child safe. While that doesn't seem like much of a premise to hang a gripping tale on, the author gives a fascinating twist to the story by making the mother a teen-mother. Hansa, the teen-mother, is a child bride who was married off to an old man in a remote village in Rajasthan. The book begins at a breathtaking pace as Hansa's life turns upside down when her husband dies. 13 year old Hansa is to be married off ...more
Sunita Saldhana
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It has been a long time since a book actually made me so impatient to know what was going to happen, that I skipped pages and went ahead and then came back to read the pages I had missed. But I could not leave Hansa alone with her baby Tara, while the author took us off on a tangent from Rajasthan to San Francisco. With nail biting anxiety I followed the journey of the 13 year old child bride and mother as she struggled to keep her baby safe.
I have a new favourite author to add to my list!
Wander Girl Life
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a child bride Hansa, married of to a man thrice here age who dies leaving Hansa and his baby girl at the mercy of his brother Baldev. To protect her baby Tara, Hansa flees away from her hometown Dharni, to start a new life. After facing traumatic experiences, Hansa and Tara end up being adopted by nurturing parents Anne and Liam. The story starts from a small village in Rajasthan and navigates to San Francisco.

It is sad to see that in today’s age where women are hitting new
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
At first glance, Fighting For Tara's beautiful cover art shows a heart locket, and for me that implied I would be reading a story about love and secrets. I was certainly not led astray. As a mother myself, the back cover blurb tugged at my heart-strings, making me want to find out more about Hansa and Tara's story.

Fighting For Tara is a story showing that no matter what your culture, geographical location, education, or up-bringing, motherhood is always a unique and challenging experience. We
A.B Penner
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely tale about how far a mother will go to provide for and protect her child. The author has done a beautiful job in weaving the lives of Hansa and Tara with whom they meet along the way in their incredible journey to find peace, security, and the means of a better life, as well as capturing the essence of how powerful a mother's love is for their child. The characters and their motives are believable, each evoking emotion within the reader making them easy to connect and fall in love ...more
Reshma Ranjan
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A tight, emotional read.
Very intense fight of a mother who herself is too young to not have her own mother to cuddle her. The sadness, the belief, the strength a mother has in her to fight for her child without thinking twice about her own needs.
The story is so intricately woven in a remote village to America back to India. The village,women's center, adoption, America, parents, sisters , jealousy, friend, enemy, boyfriend, date rape, engagement, court, religion, beliefs, anger, leukemia, DNA,
Usha Narayanan
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
How far will a mother go to save her child? How will thirteen-year old Hansa save her daughter Tara from a cruel society that views daughters as burdens to be killed at birth? One lie that Hansa utters helps her save Tara. Seven years later, the truth she speaks snatches her loved ones from her. ‘Fighting for Tara’ is a heart-wrenching story of luminous love that transcends all boundaries. You share every moment of Hansa's laughter and tears, her hope and despair. Kudos to Sunanda Chatterjee for ...more
Ranjani Iyengar
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nicely written

Sunanda writes well and tells a compelling story of a child bride who with great enterprise manages to get herself and her infant adopted by an American family when she is widowed at 13. She grows up like any other American teenager in a new culture with her very unusual past threatening to reveal itself. Sunanda weaves in and out of two worlds, rural Rajasthan and a suburban Pleasanton family of Jehovah's Witnesses and somehow manages to make it all work together with a clever
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book slowly gripped me to the point where I didn't want to put it down. The different subplots were interwoven well and came together seamlessly. I found myself rooting for each main character to get their happy ending, especially Hansa. The writing wasn't flowery or drawn out, it was grittier and concise. It moved at a fast enough to pace to make the story move forward while pulling the reader in. My favorite part of the story is the beginning, where you read about what Hansa goes through ...more
Anil Swarup
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another remarkably well written novel by Sunanda Chatterjee. The story does meander a bit in the middle after an explosive start but gathers momentum in the end to keep the reader riveted. The plight of a girl child in certain parts of this country and women in general comes out beautifully in the book. The chief protagonist. Hansa, conclusively demonstrates how this so called "weak gender" can take the world on and shape her own and her daughter's destiny despite extremely adverse set of ...more
Dj Angle
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One you can't put down

I could not put this down. The author captured you on the first chapter. You could feel the characters lives and emotions they went through. Hansa is a young lady that unfortunately reflects the lives of many. A must read to help us understand our beliefs and question what we believe and why?
Ruth Phillips
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book

A great book, true to life storyline. I'm hopeful that the women in India will soon know what it means to be truly free.
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A very good novel with information about different cultures. Looks like the author has done extensive research on Rajputs and jehovah witness beliefs.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant and gripping plots for both the stories. The author is a great storyteller and has a way with words and knows how to grip her readers interests and pull them in the stories. Both the stories touched sensitive issues that are prevalent but yet are not ignored. Both stories started from India and cross the seven seas and ended in US . I personally liked Shadowed Promise more than Fighting for Tara only because I felt Fighting for Tara had too many parallel stories and was slow ...more
Mayuri Nidigallu
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Fighting for Tara by Sunanda Chatterjee

13 year old child-bride Hansa is left bereft when her 60 year old husband passes away and she is ordered to kill her new born daughter, a decision forced upon her by her husband’s brother whom she is supposed to marry in the next few hours.

Helpless and scared she sits with her 3 month old daughter, Tara, debating if she should act upon a neighbor’s advice and drown her child in a bucket of water when her daughters innocent smile tugs at her heart and Hansa
Cathy M Bishop
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good story !

Enlightening about Indian culture in rural India. Not beautifully written, but still couldn't put down , as I was interested in the characters and the messages are beautiful and spiritual.
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
The book immediately drew me in through the young main character’s eyes. Hansa is a 13-year-old child bride in India and the author’s prose pulls the reader into her life view. Very well-written scenes transported me to India. I loved this character for her courage to survive and her unwavering protection of her newborn despite all of the odds against her. Her personal story kept my interest to the very end with drama popping up left and right.

While I loved the main character, some of the other
Reet Singh
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Book Club put this book my way. I opted to read and review it because of the provocative blurb - it was at once repelling and compelling, talking of child brides and child-widows, and female infanticide.

I found it a great read.
Hansa is spunky at only 13 years of age - widowed too soon, she is forced to make choices that go against the customs of the time. It is her love for the little baby, Tara, that compels her to do things that no girl-widow in her position would ever contemplate.

Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There’s something very sweet and graceful about Ms. Chatterjee's storytelling. After reading her first book, Shadowed Promise, I trusted her to take me on a journey that would leave me somewhere better than where I started... and I was not disappointed. This book is about Hansa, a young woman (in fact she starts out as a child bride) who struggles to protect her daughter in spite of her position in society and in spite of a tradition that oppresses her. As with the first book, I really enjoyed ...more
Mandy Osmond
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story line and beautiful flow of the characters lives coming together. Couldn't put my kindle down while reading this delightful novel. The ups and downs were both heartbreaking and then ultimately uplifting. 5 stars for Sunanda, a lovely writer. Can't wait to read her future works.
Ruchi Singh
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: woman-fiction
Marvellous story, great play of emotions.
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