Daksha the Medicine Girl

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Daksha, the Medicine Girl, is about a young girl living in a hamlet in the Himalayas. Having lost her family in flash floods, she spends a lot of time with a vaidya (the doctor practicing native medicine) and learns the use of herbs and roots. A chance encounter puts her skill to test and changes her life, everyone says, for the better. But she likes her life as it is......
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About Gita V.Reddy

Gita V.Reddy is a writer of fiction for children and adults. She enjoys thinking up tales of different genres. She has written mysteries, adventure, fantasy, science fiction, and even an animal tale for children.

Ms Reddy was born in India, is a post graduate in Mathematics, worked in a bank for twenty-six years, is married to a physics professor, has a son doing research in neuro-electronics, and loves literature. Yes, her life is as mixed up as the multiple genres she writes.

She enjoys painting and spending time with her family, and LOVES walking in the rain.

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Review by: Lisa Waters on May 15, 2015 :
Daksha lives in a rather remote location. She is young and still learning. Many people leave the village on a two-day mule ride before winter sets in. With a couple days snowfall it can cut her little village off from the rest of the world.

It was very common for others who stayed would move into other homes for better warmth and survival.

Daksha was very interested in the knowledge and ayurvedic abilities Panditji possessed. She helped him whenever she could. She took to collecting herbs and wild plants then helped dry them to store to make curing mixtures. Years earlier she lost her parents and brother from landslides in a flash flood.

One week after many left the village came their first snowfall. After the snows stopped there were cries heard. It was two army men as they staggered into the village. They were caught in the storm, nearly frozen to the bone, and one was injured with a broken arm.

A fellow villager named Mahadeo helped the man to his house. The man with the broken arm was named Arjun. He needed a doctor, but there was none to be had.

Daksha instinctively went to the man and checked his pulse, watched his breathing, and felt his arm. She began boiling water and told Mahadeo to rub medicated oil on Arjun's temples, palms, and chest. All the remaining villagers helped.

Daksha also set the broken arm for Arjun. The two soldiers could not leave the village due to the weather, therefore they stayed until conditions eased. The two joined right in with the work during their stay. They were grateful to Daksha and all the villagers.

During the spring Daksha received a letter. It was very important, but because it was written in another language she could not read it, the postman did.

To find out what the letter contained and the rest of Daksha's life's story read this interesting book.

It is an easy read, gives a slight introduction to a cultural setting, and the world of ayurvedic practice. This book will appeal to girls and boys between the ages of 8-12.

To experience more from this fantastic author read the 12 different story chapter samples contained in the back of this book. You're certain to find other interesting stories.
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Review by: TeachernTraining on Nov. 05, 2014 :
Daksha, the Medicine Girl, is about a 12 year old adolescent girl. This story introduces the reader to cultural and traditional village mountain life experience explained through historical research, training as an ayurvedic specialist, loss and emotional withdrawal and isolation, and the development of trust and friendships. The background of the story takes place in the Himalayan Mountains in the Village of Parbat Devi. The author introduces new vocabulary and provides explicit definitions for each new word; the narration of the story is by an objective narrator, who observed and has both a relationship with the development and experience with the characters and the story itself. This is an innovative cultural story about Daksha who becomes an ayurvedic specialist by apprenticeship with her vaidya, an ayurvedic doctor, Panditji. Ayurveda is a traditional herbal form of medicine practiced by the Hindu of India; knowledge is passed orally generation to generation. The apprentice memorizes all information that is taught without writing it down. Although Daksha suffered the loss of both parents and brother from flash floods, she was not an orphan; she was adopted by the village community. Although primarily cared for by Panditji, Daksha developed independent skills toward becoming an active member of the working community as a village healer. Due to a twist of fate, Daksha is given an opportunity to attend school at the local Army Base near her village; this educational opportunity offers a tangible learning experience and an alternative future to hone and develop her interests and scientific inquiries into anatomy and physiology. I enjoyed reading this book. The use of simple language provides illicit cognitive inquiry about Daksha’s own interests and curiosities as well as her isolation, emotions, cognitive and physical development in the moment and over time. I recommend this book for readers in Grades 4 – 6.

As a reader, I feel I missed out on Daksha’s experiential learning and personal growth. I feel the story stopped short of describing her experience and growth from being exposed to new environments and people; I was disappointed the story is only 18 pages in length. I would like to have read about the relationship between Daksha and Dr. Hemalatha developed and grew into both a personal and professional relationship.
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Review by: Dona Dee on July 12, 2014 :
Daksha, the Medicine Girl is a most unusual book. I have found that in reading books written by this author that she includes a message with every story. This message is quite obvious and one that I would hope that all children would receive with joy. Schooling no matter what grade is important and it was with happiness that I read how Daksha learned to adjust to a new community and life going to school. This was an excellent read and one that I hope will be of help to many young minds.

What did I like? The resourcefulness of the doctor in showing Daksha what she would be able to do if she just put her mind to it. It was wonderful the way that the doctor showed her without pressuring what it would be like to learn the mysteries that ran through her mind. To go on and be successful is the goal of every teacher and student.

What did I dislike? Nothing, this was written so that child and adult could enjoy.

What will you like? Everything, a very well written and developed story line with vivid descriptions. Being so short, I felt that the author did a marvelous job in drawing the reader into the storyline. The message was there if the reader takes the time to absorb which I'm sure all will. It was fun without being frivolous and yet quite serious. I definitely recommend this for any parent or teacher but also for anyone of any age will enjoy it. Review of free book.
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Review by: Victoria Zigler on April 02, 2014 :
This is a great littl story; sweet and inspirational.
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