2016 New Apple Summer E-Book Awards – Medalist Winner (General Fiction)
2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards – Finalist (Novella)
2015 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards – Honorable Mention (Fiction – Realistic)
2014 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – Winner (Novella)
About the Book
This story is about Nirmala the Mud Blossom, who had the misfortune of being born female in Mumbai. Rejected and thrown into the dustbin when she was just two days old, the child was rescued and returned to her family by the NGOs.
Nirmala is ill-treated by her mother and subject to violence at her hands. She is allowed to continue her studies only because she can coach her younger brothers, as her parents are illiterate. Loving school and the access it gives her to books she relishes, she accepts each beating with forbearance.
Nirmala’s education ends with the twelfth-grade, so her parents can save enough money to send the boys to college. She is married off, and though her married life begins smoothly, it becomes yet another phase of hell. After giving birth to her first child, a girl, Nirmala is subjected to harassment and beatings, and forced into actions contrary to her beliefs and dreams. Her life is shattered.
What will happen to this little mud blossom? Will she fight back or succumb? How can she rid herself of harassment and rise above the stigma she endures?
Nirmala: The Mud Blossom graphically depicts the travails, discrimination, and abuse faced by female children in India from the cradle to the grave.