Author(s): Sharyn Steel & Zoe Dryden
Description: As a five-year-old child in rural Nepal, Kharika Devkota struggles to come to terms with her arranged marriage. She confronts poverty, illiteracy and a society that fails to recognise her most basic human rights; yet by ninety years of age, she has become a successful landowner, a micro-lender, and a beloved great-grandmother. Based on a true story, this book provides a rare insight into the exceptional courage and determination of this woman.
Author Biography: Sharyn Steel is a writer/journalist based in Wellington and her daughter, Zoe Dryden, is a leadership coach based near Motueka.www.sharynsteel.com. Zoe's company taking corporate clients into Nepal is www.second-base.org. The aid organisation, Zoe set up with Shreeram, Kharika's youngest son, is www.facenepal.org.
This book is the true-life story of Nepali woman Kharika Devkota. Told in first person, it follows Kharika through the severity of her life, from the time of her arranged marriage as a five-year-old child bride. The book gives a deep insight into traditional Nepali culture and the severity of life for rural women. Poverty, illiteracy, violence; not even the most basic of human rights are accepted as their way of life. I am in awe of Kharika's incredible courage, dignity and determination, which shines out all through. The book is truly a 'success story' however, with Kharika now ninety years old and a successful woman by any standard. - Lynn