• Review: The Last Devadasi Evokes The Sights, Smells, And Sounds Of Indian Culture

    Review: The Last Devadasi Evokes The Sights, Smells, And Sounds Of Indian Culture0

    Picture contemporary India, where popular star Kamala Kumari is also a member of the Devadasi caste, an ancient cult operating in modern times, dedicated to having girls placed in South Indian temples to serve gods and men. Kamala’s modern world seems to preclude such activities; but she becomes caught between tradition and romance in The

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  • Read An Excerpt From The Last Devadasi: A Novel

    Read An Excerpt From The Last Devadasi: A Novel0

    Kamala Kumari is more than a Gemini Studio starlet: she’s a classical dancer trained in the age-old line of Devadasis, a caste set in place a thousand years ago when girls were first dedicated in south Indian temples to serve the gods and men. Beautiful, brilliant and proud, Kamala struggles to escape the old ways.

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  • New Novel Honors India’s Oldest Bookstore, Higginbothams

    New Novel Honors India’s Oldest Bookstore, Higginbothams0

    With its turbulent passions amid social upheavals, The Last Devadasi: A Novel by Barbara L. Baer takes readers on a sensual feast in the 1970s palm-shaded trading city of Madras, now known as Chennai. The novel also honors India’s oldest bookstore, Higginbothams, by portraying the establishment in several passages throughout the book. “I view Higginbothams as

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