Madhu Bazaz Wangu

Biography

Madhu B. Wangu is an award winning author and the founder of Mindful Writers Groups. She has a doctorate in the phenomenology of Religion from the University of Pittsburgh (1988) and a post-doctoral Fellowship from Harvard University (1989-1991). For fifteen years she taught Hindu and Buddhist art history at various universities.  
Madhu Wangu has written books about goddesses. Images of Indian Goddesses: Myths, Meanings and Models, (Abhinav Publications, New Delhi, 2003) discusses the meaning of goddess myths and symbols. A Goddess is Born, (Spark Publishers, 2002) details the social, political, and cultural meanings of the Kashmiri goddess, Khir Bhavani. She has also written two extensively illustrated books for young adults, Hinduism (Facts on File, Inc., New York, 1991) and Buddhism (Facts on File, Inc., New York, 1993).  
Based on decades of the practice of mindfulness meditation Dr. Wangu developed Writing Meditation Practice. In 2010, she founded the Mindful Writers Group. In 2011 her first CD, “Meditations for Mindful Writers: Body, Heart, Mind” was burned. A second Mindful Writers Group started in 2016, and second CD, “Meditations for Mindful Writers: Sensations, Feelings, Thoughts” was released in 2017. Her meditations inspire, help remove blocks, improve focus and increase creative flow. A must for novice as well as professional writers.
Madhu Wangu, an award-winning author released her debut collection, Chance Meetings: Stories About Cross-Cultural Karmic Collisions and Compassion in 2015. Her novel, An Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey was published in 2016. Her forthcoming novel, The Last Suttee, will be available in August 2017.
She lives in Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA with her husband Manoj, a retired robotics engineer. They have two daughters—an avionics engineer and a pediatrician. Madhu and Manoj are blessed with three grandchildren.
Visit her website at www.madhubazazwangu.com

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in the valley of Kashmir located in the Himalayan foothills. My family moved to the capital city of New Delhi when I was three. These two locations have influenced the setting of my stories but the countries I have visited around the world and the cultures I have observed have affected my voice much more.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing professionally in my early fifties. I had been an artist (held five one person shows of paintings in India and United States) and a college professor for twenty years. But after early retirement I felt refired to write. I wrote fiction, stories and novels. Chance Meetings is my debut story collection.
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Books

The Last Suttee
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,830. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
The Last Suttee is about the protagonist, Kumud's struggle to stop suttee, a barbaric ritual that has scarred her for life. As the director of an all-girl orphanage, she shields her girls from customs that victimize women. A shocking phone call turns her world upside down. She has no choice but to single-handedly stop this heinous crime. Can she convince the town to stop this savage tradition?
The Immigrant Wife
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 120,280. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Literary collections » Asian / Indic
The Immigrant Wife: A Spiritual Journey is the story of Shanti, a girl from Kashmir, who dreams of becoming an artist. After an acclaimed art show she marries Satyavan and has two children. To fulfill his ambition, Satyavan emmigrates to America. In the foreign land Shanti loses touch with her creative core. She must discover her way back to her artistic awareness or she will fade into nothingness
Chance Meetings: Stories About Cross-Cultural Karmic Collisions and Compassion
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,820. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Literary collections » Asian / Indic
In these stories, Madhu B. Wangu draws from her Indian heritage and examines the lives of ordinary people facing challenging circumstances—cruelty, prejudiced minds, twisted family relationships, unhappy marriages. Twelve different people from different walks of life discover how one chance meeting with a stranger can change a person forever. A delicious blending of cultures delicately rendered.

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