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The Book

Be the Voice

It is 1947 and the Radcliffe Line is being drawn between India and Pakistan. In northern India, anti-Pakistan sentiment is at an emotional peak. Kamla is just one of the babies born during this time who are hearing freedom songs instead of lullabies.

Kamla is just a few months old when India gains independence from British rule. Though born and raised free among riches, Kamla’s life soon transforms at the crossroads of her teen years. As her behavior turns slightly rebellious, several of Kamla’s friends are married off as teenage brides, leaving her lonely at times. While engaged in muddy traditions, Kamla remains determined to excel in school and become a teacher. Even when she realizes existing social norms of independent India contrast with her dreams of freedom, Kamla still does not give up on achieving a fulfilled life. But will it be enough as suffering begins to overshadow everything?