Biographical historical fiction that takes the reader across India during the last decades of the British Raj.
From a girlhood among Hindu shrines to widowhood and Christian conversion, Rama seeks her destiny. Is it only to educate Hindu widows? Or does God have a larger plan in mind?
Rama’s Labyrinth traces the life of Pandita Ramabai, a social reformer who rose above personal adversity to rescue and educate famine victims.
Sandra Wagner-Wright holds the doctoral degree in history and taught women’s and global history at the University of Hawai`i. Rama’s Labyrinth is her first work of historical fiction. When she’s not researching or writing, Sandra enjoys travel, including trips to India, South Africa, and the Galapagos Islands. Sandra particularly likes writing about strong women who make a difference. She lives in Hilo, Hawai`i with her family and writes a weekly blog relating to history, travel, and the idiosyncrasies of life. Check out Sandra’s webpage at www.sandrawagnerwright.com
Rama tells the story of how Savitri defeats death (Yama) to save her husband. The myth put incredible pressure on Indian wives who must be like Savitri, protecting their husbands from all harm. Savitri spent her life preparing for this moment. What does Rama think as she selects this story? Will she be able to protect Bipin?
“Savitri followed Yama. She did this with the strength of her austerities. Listen. If you strengthen yourselves, you can do acts as great as Savitri who impressed Death with her knowledge of the righteous path. As a reward Yama offered Savitri a favor. She asked that her father-in-law be healed from blindness. And it was so. Savitri impressed Yama again and again with her knowledge. Each time he offered her a favor, but said she couldn’t ask for Satyavan’s life. Finally, Savitri baited her trap and demanded one hundred legitimate sons. Without thinking, Yama agreed before he realized Savitri couldn’t have legitimate sons if her husband was dead.”