By Padma Venkatraman
Padma Venkatraman’s inspiring tale of a tender girl’s fight to regain her ardour and discover a new peace is instructed lyrically via verse that captures the sweetness and secret of India and the traditional bharatanatyam dance shape. it is a wonderful novel approximately non secular awakening, the ability of artwork, and particularly, the braveness and resilience of the human spirit.
Veda, a classical dance prodigy in India, lives and breathes dance—so while an twist of fate leaves her a below-knee amputee, her desires are shattered. for a lady who’s grown used to receiving applause for her dance prowess and suppleness, adjusting to a prosthetic leg is painful and humbling. yet Veda refuses to allow her incapacity rob her of her goals, and she or he begins once more, taking newbie sessions with the youngest dancers. Then Veda meets Govinda, a tender guy who methods dance as a non secular pursuit. As their dating deepens, Veda reconnects with the area round her, and starts to find who she is and what dance actually skill to her.
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A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman