“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

Shanti Bhavan is proud to announce the worldwide release of Shilpa Raj’s debut memoir, The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter, following its publication in India by Rupa Publishers last month. The book has received excellent reviews and high rankings both on Amazon–India and Goodreads. We hope you will encourage and support Shilpa, the graduate of Shanti Bhavan’s second batch, in spreading the word about her book and her memorable story.

Profound, heartwrenching, inspiring, and full of life.

The must-read memoir by Shilpa Raj.

When you are a female born into a poor Indian family, the odds are already stacked greatly against you.

The human drama captured in this memoir is nothing short of amazing – a young woman’s struggle between the two worlds of her existence. The values with which she is being brought up in a school for poor children come in conflict with those of her family, tearing each other apart. Pulled in opposite directions, and torn between despair and dreams, Shilpa finally makes a choice for her escape. But 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 woman confronting her ‘untouchable’ status in a caste-based society, and her aspirations for a good future.

You can find The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter at Amazon.comBarnes & Noble, and other fine booksellers.

Learn more about Shilpa and The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter at shilparaj.com.