Rupa & Co
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The moaning war siren started to blow urgently, silencing the valley, setting hearts aflutter. Soon, chaos broke out, and there was arush of feet in the lane twisted around their house... Little Millie's skin broke out in goose flesh.
Against the backdrop of a politically turbulent Assam, a young girl named Millie is determined to make her voice heard. She spends her childhood in a rural set-up with seven sisters, three anxious matriarchs and a resigned father--this is what her small world is all about.
Born in a family of priests, she struggles with orthodoxy and convention, and goes on to become a student leader--something which only foreshadows the bigger role she is destined to play. A flawed horoscope delays her marriage, but hastens her emancipation. Her tryst with romance is overwhelming, and sweeps her off feet, but...
Ethnic clashes, militant activities, violent elections seethe the countryside otherwise home to several tribal communities, lush tea gardens, exotic orchids, sundry birds, one-horned rhinos and much more.
Whether Millie's voice is loud enough to make an impact in the Brahmaputra valley remains to be seen...
About the Author
Suravi Sharma Kumar is a doctor by profession but has always been fascinated by the world of literature. What inspired her to write this book was the fact that most of 'mainland' India sis still unfamiliar with the country's north-east and is unaware of its innate beauty.
This is her first book and is based on her research and experiences in the valley.