Author: Shakuntala Rajagopal
ISBN 978-1-60264-093-1 (hardcover)
On an idyllic afternoon in the breathtakingly beautiful Kovalam beach, among the waving coconut palms, rhythms of the ocean waves and hot afternoon sun, two young medical students, Radha, a young girl raised in the strictest Hindu traditions, and Danny, a Christian boy, fall in love.
In this classical story, we follow their lives intertwine and separate, their dreams blossom and wither, and as pawns in the game of fate they land back on the same shores of the ocean to experience their ultimate destiny.
Radha's story is unique, and promises to evoke tender smiles, laughter and tears, anger and indignation, and above all, hope, despite all ups and downs.
As we journey along, we experience the exotic, wonderful and extraordinary lives of this duo set in India and in the United States of America as only one who has lived in both worlds can tell. A physician herself, the author brings an authentic voice to the medical details, while keeping our hearts and minds sympathetic to Radha's personal needs and dreams, leaving us rooting for Radha's happiness.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shakuntala Rajagopal, affectionately known as Dr.Shaku, was born in Kerala, South India, and came to the United States in her early twenties. After a long and distinguished career in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, she retired to be an active grandmother, while pursuing her passions of writing and painting.
Reminiscences of the rich traditions, colorful customs and exotic foods make her stories and her poems come alive with an authentic voice that can only come from a native daughter. Growing up by the Arabian Sea, the ocean and the beaches played a strong role in Shaku's life, and their influence is evident in her story.
An avid gardener herself, she paints her own flowers and gardens, and her poetry resonates with her enthusiasm about them.
She lives with her husband in Algonquin, Illinois.
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