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As a side note, I am neither religious nor inspirational. Do not let the categorization of this book ("Christian Books and Bibles", "Religious & Inspirational") deceive you. This is not an exhortatory religious tract or the author's testament to their own path to salvation guided by bright lights and helping hands from above. It is a very well-crafted and engrossingly written story of how an important historical figure navigated through the challenges and vicissitudes of her life.
We follow Rama from the age of eight as the child of a high-caste but poverty-stricken Hindu family. Her Brahmin parents have been ostracized because the father chose to educate his child bride and offer her equal status. The family is forced to eke out a hand-to-mouth livelihood as itinerant preachers. We follow Rama as the recurring famines, rudimentary sanitation, and social injustices of Hindu-controlled British India take their toll on her parents, her brother, and later her husband. We watch as, by her own persistence, creativity, and determination to help others, she pulls herself out of the quagmire of colonial India. The school she founded still functions today.
I won’t go into further detail for fear of spoiling the suspense inherent in Rama’s day-to-day struggle. If you like to experience history at ground level, not as summarized by “learned” historians, you will love this book. I promise you won’t be bored. Wagner-Wright’s writing style is the opposite of pedantic, consisting mostly of simple sentences, quite like Hemingway’s, in which you can feel the goings-on between your fingertips while the bulk of the story hovers beneath, as when Rama’s brother, Srinivas, grows so discouraged by their plight that he begins sticking his hand down snake holes.
I roundly recommend Rama’s Labyrinth. You will experience a time and place otherwise inaccessible, you will be deeply entertained, and you will enrich your understanding of the human condition
not important enough to ever receive salvation from these Hindu Gods. As she grew into a woman she saw how horrible
women and young girls
were treated so she dedicated her entire life
helping these girls as young as 10 that had been betrothed as children. These Children were called
"Child Brides" that had been given by parents. The law claimed if one of these Child Brides' husband died before or after the wedding the girl was at fault. Her head would be shaved bald and she was put on the streets begging or eating garbage. Roma took in any of these child brides nursed them back to health educated these girls to be teachers, doctors and nurses. She taught them even though they were women they were important. I learned so much about the history of the mistreatment of these Indian women and all the good things Rama's did to better their lives. I can't say enough good things about this book. It is long but worth every page.