About the author - Fiona Khan
Fiona Khan is an award winning, internationally published poet and author, and academic. She is also passionate as an environmentalist and family therapist. Her time includes motivational speaking, coaching and mentoring. Transforming the lives of both children and adults into positive achievers, is her forte. She has been promoting Reading and literacy since 1993 at schools, universities and libraries via the Ethekwini Municipal Libraries. She is a community practitioner and an outspoken activist on gender equality and rights, HIV/Aids and gender based violence.
Fiona Khan has numerous children's book titles to her name and her poetry and short stories have been published internationally in many literary magazines.Her books have been used for academic research and are placed in many academic libraries.
About the book - Reeds of Wrath
Reeds of Wrath is a novel that transcends two countries and continents; from the palaces of Moghul India and rule of the British Empire to the rolling cane fields of colonial Natal, South Africa. This is a work of faction ie. A work of fiction based on the facts of indentured labour in Natal.
Cassiopeia Pennywhistle takes a sojourn to India to be with her father who is on a mission by the British Government. She falls pregnant by an Indian officer. Her visit to a woman for an abortion, who is also a seamstress to the colonials’ triggers events that has rippling repercussions on two families that are now bound by friendship, love, war and brotherhood.
An Indian family caught in the contrast of culture and loyalty against the atrocities and rape of their country traverses the plains of India to unwittingly sell themselves to slavery coined delicately as ‘indentured labour’ in the British colony Natal. Tempted by visions of wealth they arrive in the last outpost to find that they are sold in a square to a sugar baron. Their term of indenture transcends between five and ten years until they can buy back their freedom.
Jahan is the illegitimate child of Cassiopeia Pennywhistle, adopted by an Indian family and also sold to slavery. Her fate now lies in the hands of her employer. She is captivated and her heart entrapped by Patrick Buchanan who is not only her employer but becomes her lover.
Caught between love, her freedom and her loyalty to her fellow slaves, she chooses her calling of liberating fellow mates in their education and edification. She is faced with the dire consequences but triumphs against all odds because of her beliefs and principles. Reeds of Wrath, is wrapped within the mysteries and battlefields of India and rustles to the riddles of the cane fields in Natal.
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