Faint Promise of Rain Reading and Signing with Anjali M. Duva
It is 1554 in the desert of Rajasthan, and a new Mughal emperor is expanding his territory. On a rare night of rain, a daughter, Adhira, is born to a family of Hindu temple dancers. Fearing a bleak future, her father―against his wife and sons’ protests―puts his faith in tradition and in his last child for each to save the other: he insists Adhira “marry” the temple deity and give herself to a wealthy patron. But after one terrible evening, she makes a bold choice that carries her family’s story and their dance to a startling new beginning. Told from the perspective of this exquisite dancer and filled with the sounds, sights and flavors of the Indian desert, Faint Promise of Rain is the story of a family and a girl caught between art, duty, and fear in a changing world.
Information about the book, including a trailer and a list of past and upcoming events, is at www.anjalimitterduva.com.
In addition to being a writer, Anjali is a co-founder of a non-profit organization dedicated to kathak dance, the classical storytelling art from North India that is featured in her book. As a student and teacher of this art form, she enhances her readings with an element of dance and movement.