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The Temple Is Not My Father is an insightful book. Rasana Atreya introduces me to a group of people called devadasi in the Indian culture. The devadasi are servants of God. They are preteen girls who are sacrificed by their families to become prostitutes. It sounds rather strange for servants of God to become prostitutes.
The main character in this book is a woman named Godavari. I learned that the Godavari is the longest river in India. Godavari has a sister named Krishna. This is the name of the blue skinned Hindi god. I also learned that a kirana is a grocery store. Godavari is a devadasi She is also a loving mother to a young daughter named Sreeja. I learned that Sreeja means spiritually intense. All of these words are from a classical Indian language called Telugu. Part of the fun of this book is just learning the meaning of these names and words online.
The transformation of the character of Godavari is special here. In the first part of the book, she is a lonely and isolated mother. She is motivated by her sister to attend a non-government school to make something of herself. She receives an education and becomes a crusader for young girls in need. This is a short book, but the characters and themes are strongly presented and developed.
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