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Shanti Bhavan Graduate Shilpa Raj publishes her memoir - The elephant chaser's daughter

15 Dec, 2017

When you are a female born into a poor Indian family, the odds are already stacked greatly against you.

The human drama captured in this memoir is nothing short of amazing – a young woman’s struggle between the two worlds of her existence. The values with which she is being brought up in a school for poor children come in conflict with those of her family, tearing each other apart. Pulled in opposite directions, and torn between despair and dreams, Shilpa finally makes a choice for her escape. But is she strong enough to stand up to the people she loves and pursue what she wants?

At its heart, The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter is about hope when all seems lost. Written with raw honesty and grit, this is a deeply moving memoir of a young woman confronting her ‘untouchable’ status in a caste-based society, and her aspirations for a good future.

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