The Elephant Chasers Daughter by Shilpa RajSaved by her grandmother from being killed at birth for having been born a female, Shilpa’s life took many unexpected turns and twists through her early years. She faced abandonment by her mother, the formidable constraints placed on her by her family, and the barbs of village elders bound by hundreds of years of oppressive practices and customs that subjugate women. Shilpa is torn between the contrasting lives she leads: one of servitude and injustice experienced by her family; the other of opportunity and empowerment offered by a good education in a school started by a philanthropist.
Just when all seems settled, an unforeseen death under mysterious circumstances shatters whatever stability remains in her life. Pulled in opposite directions, and torn between despair and dreams, Shilpa finally makes a choice for her future. 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 girl confronting her ‘untouchable’ status in a caste-based society, and her aspirations for modernity.
Reviews so far:
Shilpa was given the chance to transcend her family history and perhaps her own karma. A deft portrayal of a young woman’s growth and courageous transformation through education.
Sir Ken Robinson:
Shilpa Raj is a powerful new voice for human dignity and opportunity and against the appalling and demeaning mistreatment of women worldwide. An important and deeply affecting book narrated in a moving and intimate style.
Sir Ken Robinson,
Author and Educator
The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter unveils the secret of transcendence. Shilpa Raj is the future voice for the poor and deprived, uncovering the diamond in the rubble. Read her.
Shilpa’s story speaks for millions of families in a way that is immediate, intimate and personal. Her book will have a powerful impact on the lives and minds of young people around the world.
film director, and winner of Academy Award
Shilpa’s searing, penetrating honesty in the account of her life will change perspectives and impact every reader. It gives hope to the under-privileged and sensitizes the privileged.
Indian woman, 73, gives birth to twin girls
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He is commonly depicted as a man with several limbs and the head of an elephant, something that if it were to actually exist, the very sight of it would haunt us to the grave. Alexandar and Lola Andersen first attempted to keep their child a secret from the world but soon pictures of the child along with the identity of the family leaked to the media. To be quite honest, we were just going to call it the creature that we keep in the basement.
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By Brendan Mcfadden For Mailonline. A man was killed in an Indian village yesterday after a elephant went berserk when 'locals pelted it with stones after it gave birth to a calf'. - Please refresh the page and retry. A year-old woman in India has likely set a world record by giving birth to twins, saying she and her husband always wanted children but never thought it would happen.
The mother is seen with the newborn, sitting inside a culvert, at a village in Odisha. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for latest news and live news updates. Home All India. Woman Gives Birth Under Culvert In Odisha, Elephant Destroyed Her House At a village in Odisha's Mayurbhanj district, the woman is seen sitting with her back on the concrete culvert, her hands wrapped around the newborn who is sleeping on a piece of dirty cloth. She was pregnant then, and was left with no roof above her head. Months later, she gave birth to a baby under a dirty culvert where she herself and the newborn could have contracted life-threatening infections.