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The Conch Bearer

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In a dingy shack in the less-than-desirable Indian neighborhood he calls home, twelve-year-old Anand is entrusted with a conch shell that...
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The book The Conch Bearer by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is about the journey of two children, Anand and Nisha, and a healer of an indeterminate age, Abhaydatta, as they travel to the Silver Valley in order to return a magical conch shell to its home. Another healer named Surabhanu stole the shell. Surabhanu intended to use the powers of the conch for evil. So the healers of the brotherhood set out to get it back from him before he could cause any real harm. Abhaydatta sought the help of someone with a pure heart, and found Anand, who after being hesitant to believe the story at first, decided to join the quest. Picking up a nameless street sweeper girl on the way. Together they try to evade Surabhanu and reach the Silver Valley with the conch.

 

 


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Indian Council for Child Welfare

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The Indian Council for Child Welfare has spent six decades helping the children of India. They have programs advocating children's rights, projects for street and working children, rehabilitation of abandoned children, programs with special focus on the girl child, and education centers and support services. The people of this organization dedicate their lives to bettering the lives of children. They have an adoption agency with a very strict process for potential parents to get through, in order to protect the children. They have spent sixty years in service of the country and the children, and have made a large difference in their lives.

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India Villagers Kill Two for 'Witchcraft'

India Villagers Kill Two for 'Witchcraft' | Curtis India | Scoop.it
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This newspaper article is about two women who were murdered in their homes because a group of women in their village suspected them of causing several of the village children to become ill. Nineteen women set out upon the pair, an elderly woman of seventy, and her daughter in law of forty-two. They were accused of persistently practicing witchcraft and having occult beliefs in some tribal-dominated areas of India. The group of women pointed their fingers at the pair, and assaulted them in their home. The local women held a meeting and decided to fine the two women R 1500 each for taking part in witchcraft. The police sheriff then stated that the money collected was used to buy alcohol. After consuming the alcohol, the group of women decided more drastic action was necessary. Several other reports of people being killed for practicing witchcraft are also included. Since the number of attacks has increased, there have been special laws put into place to protect those accused of attempting magic.

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Girl Killers

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In India, female infanticide has economic motives. Although dowries have been legally forbidden, they are still demanded as part of an arranged marriage.
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The documentary “Girl Killers,” is a documentary about how an exorbitant amount of the population of India now lives in poverty. The documentary goes into more detail about how this is worse for girls than for anyone else. When girls are married off later in life, the parents are expected to pay a dowry to the husband’s family. In order to avoid having to pay this, parents that have girls instead of boys sometimes resort to killing them or selling them into slavery. There are few schools to provide them with an education, and even if they did have them it most likely would not make any difference for them. Female infanticide is a major problem in India, with many young girls left unable to support themselves.

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Find the Magic.

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Despite several difficulties they face, Anand and Nisha make it into the Silver Valley with the conch shell. They successfully thwarted Surabhanu and insured that the shell’s power would not be used for evil, or to take over the world, as Surabhanu had planned. The Silver Valley represents peace and safety to the two children, who have been away from home and in danger for so long. They finally are sure they cannot be harmed, and all is well. The Valley is their solace that Abhaydatta was not lost in vain.

 

 

 

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Daughter of Fortune

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Orphaned at birth, Eliza Sommers is raised in the British colony of Valparaíso, Chile, by the well-intentioned Victorian spinster Miss Ro...
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After reading The Conch Bearer, I have become much more interested in the genre of magical realism. I have read about authors who specialize in magical realism, and some of the novels they have written seem amazing. I think the first book I would pick up would be Daughter of Fortune Isabel Allende. This book is the first in a series, and I think all of them look phenomenal.

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Magic Conch

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This picture speaks to me because of the symbolism and similarites in has with my book. The conch shell in the novel was a symbol of great power and a vessel of imense magical capabilities. Since there are no real magical conch shells, this image is about as close as it comes. Many people of India believe in the special powers of traditional healing. Using a shell a means to grind up herbs for some kind of spell or healing potion is very close to making it seem like the shell contains actual magic powers.

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United Nations Development Program

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The United Nations Development Program in India partners globally with other countries to offer a new perspective and awareness of the local cultures in order to enable the citizens of India to better themselves. Their main goals are to help the people of India after what the effects of climate change have caused in their lives, and to make them better off in the end. They help people get back on their feet, and gain the human rights necessary to their survival.

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India's Modern Soul Healers

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This newspaper article is about a 27 year old man who practices traditional healing methods in his home. He aides the ailments of all those who come to him through methods that have been lost and forgotten by most. Sachin Bansal is able to scan a person’s aura and determine what is blocking their energy. He then prescribes mantras and symbols that have a geometric design and help aid in the meditation process. These then help to carry people to higher levels of consciousness and to help clear spiritual blockage.

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Kolkata, India

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Although Kolkata is set along the East bank of India, it is still one of the most culturally diverse places in the country. The city's population today is above 4.5 million people. The population-density is one of the contributing factors to why the living conditions are so poor. Many people live in the slums and are forced to reside in shacks or huts, barely scraping by. Since the number of people living in the city is so high, it is possible for so many different cultures to be present.

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Enter the Unknown.

Enter the Unknown. | Curtis India | Scoop.it
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In the novel, Anand and Nisha have to continue on without Abhaydatta after he is lost while they took shelter in a cave. Anand and Nisha are just children, and now they are faced with the daunting prospect of continuing on their journey without him. They must complete their quest alone with no knowledge of what is to come.

 

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The Silver Valley

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The peaceful serenity of the valley will envelope Anand and Nisha for the rest of their lives.

 

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