Fighting for Tara
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I have a new favourite author to add to my list! ...more
It is sad to see that in today’s age where women are hitting new ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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?
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 ...more
While I loved the main character, some of the other ...more
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.