The Elephant Chaser's Daughter by Shilpa Raj

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Read The Elephant Chaser's Daughter Online Free - Saved by her grandmother from being killed at birth for having been born a female, Shilpa’s life took many unexpected turns and twists through her early years. She faced abandonment by her mother, the formidable constraints placed on her by her family, and the barbs of village elders bound by hundreds of years of oppressive practices and customs that subjugate women. Shilpa is torn between the contrasting lives she leads: one of servitude and injustice experienced by her family; the other of opportunity and empowerment offered by a good education in a school started by a philanthropist.

Just when all seems settled, an unforeseen death under mysterious circumstances shatters whatever stability remains in her life. Pulled in opposite directions, and torn between despair and dreams, Shilpa finally makes a choice for her future. Is she strong enough to stand up to the people she loves, and pursue what she wants?

At its heart The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter is about hope, when all seems lost. Written with raw honesty and grit, this is a deeply moving memoir of a young girl confronting her ‘untouchable’ status in a caste-based society, and her aspirations for modernity.

Reviews so far:

Kirkus Review:
Shilpa was given the chance to transcend her family history and perhaps her own karma. A deft portrayal of a young woman’s growth and courageous transformation through education.

Sir Ken Robinson:
Shilpa Raj is a powerful new voice for human dignity and opportunity and against the appalling and demeaning mistreatment of women worldwide. An important and deeply affecting book narrated in a moving and intimate style.
Sir Ken Robinson,
Author and Educator

Sri Vishwanath:
The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter unveils the secret of transcendence. Shilpa Raj is the future voice for the poor and deprived, uncovering the diamond in the rubble. Read her.
well-known author

Vanessa Roth:
Shilpa’s story speaks for millions of families in a way that is immediate, intimate and personal. Her book will have a powerful impact on the lives and minds of young people around the world.
film director, and winner of Academy Award

Madhu Trehan:
Shilpa’s searing, penetrating honesty in the account of her life will change perspectives and impact every reader. It gives hope to the under-privileged and sensitizes the privileged.

Title : The Elephant Chaser's Daughter
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ISBN : 8129147696
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 260 pages


Alok rated it ★★★★★

July 23, 2017

This is not the first time that a Dalit woman is writing. However, this is surely the first ever bold step of writing the things as they are - writing a memoir for nothing less than a debut! I am impressed with the writing style, the theme and the handling of the narrative by Shilpa. She did not...

Amit rated it ★★★★★

July 24, 2017

Shilpa's book is not just a memoir, this is the work which speaks for those who are almost voiceless. En route her exploration to the roots of her family and ancestors, Shilpa digs out the deep rooted troubles and orthodox problems of Indian society. The gender discrimination, the class discrimin...

Samidha rated it ★★★★☆

September 04, 2017

*Note: A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, I would like to thank the author and publisher.* Review : “I want to believe that life outlives death.” Shilpa Raj is a phenomenal writer. The tone, setting and imagery in the book is perfect and reading...

MRIDULA rated it ★★★★★

October 18, 2017

"From Poverty to Possibility From Invisible to Unstoppable"- Daughters of destiny, Netflix A memoir can't be judged. Hence, I'll put forth the details of the books. It's about the author's journey from the life in a small village in Karnataka to a finally getting a Masters Degree in Psychological...

Privy rated it ★★★★☆

September 26, 2017

My rating: 4.5/5 Have you ever read a book that leaves you with a strange sense of completeness, as if you could have touched the sky, experienced how it felt like being over the moon and then come back to earth? Well, I just did and now I will tell you why did this book make me feel like that. It...


August 12, 2017

This book can be thought of as a compilation of gleeful days and sorrowful recollection of memories. The chapters evinced a mixture of hopefulness, detestation, desire and a craving for being able to decide the fate of one’s own life. Also, Shilpa Raj gives an insight into the lives of people who...

Priyanka rated it ★★★★★

January 04, 2018

Books don’t usually make me cry, but Shilpa’s carefully chosen words and her strength in writing this story had me in tears throughout. A must-read for every Indian who thinks we know anything about the reality of poverty in our country. ~~~~~~~~~~~ “In a land where justice is often bought, poor...

Nidhi rated it ★★★★★

July 24, 2017

The book presents to you as a reader the details of problems which we are facing as a society even in this era of computers and space technology. India, which is otherwise a good state to be managed and praised, becomes helpless when it comes to get rid of the orthodox problems which are supposed...

Prabhat rated it ★★★★☆

July 28, 2017

A crucial book, indeed! I have read not a single memoir which holds such details like this one by the young author Shilpa. She has given it everything she could and we can see the effects of the same in her book. No doubt it's her very debut, but the writing craft that she has got, will only impr...

Sarita rated it ★★★★☆

October 11, 2017

The very debut success for an author clearly shows the depth and vision. Shilpa has done tremendously well in her book and her writing is surely worthy to be commended. The way she has turned her personal story into the grief of a certain lot is remarkable. I have read the book and liked most of...

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