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The White Shadow

Author(s): Mona Verma

Location(s): Varanasi

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): early 2000s

THE WHITE SHADOWS, the forlorn child widows in Banaras, Brinda and Debi, fight a valiant battle against the acrimonious oddities of the society they are ostracised from and their own desires. Sia and Uday visit Banaras, the most ancient city in the world, still shrouded in the mysteries, the myths and legends. But unbeknownst to them, they both have a past, waiting to be unfolded. Does their sojourn help them find a cogent emotional fix? Does Kashi still render nirvana to the empathy starved ? Sia and Uday and all those who tread this journey with them find their answers through each other, as entwined destinies come undone in the face of adversities and realisations and fate offers them a chance to expiate, not by death but by life. The law of karma, that follows them, like a white shadow, unseen and unsensed but ubiquitously ambient, even in clear darkness, something that they were never a moment without…..

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