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About Shobhan Bantwal

Shobhan Bantwal SHOBHAN BANTWAL was born and raised in India and came to the United States as a young bride in an arranged marriage. She has published short fiction in literary magazines and articles in a number of publications. Writing plays in her mother tongue (Indian language - Konkani) and performing on stage at Indian-American conventions are her favorite pastimes. Shobhan loves to hear from her readers. Visit her at her web site:


From the Pen of Shobhan Bantwal

The Forbidden Daughter, Shobhan Bantwal The Forbidden Daughter
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The Forbidden Daughter

The Forbidden Daughter tells the story of Isha Tilak, a young mother who refuses to abort her second child, another girl, despite her in-laws' dictate to have the abortion. When her husband becomes the victim of a mysterious murder, she is convinced that her rebellious decision has something . . .

The Dowry Bride, Shobhan Bantwal The Dowry Bride
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The Dowry Bride

Megha is sick with horror when she realizes that her husband and his mother are plotting to kill her because her family has not paid her promised dowry. She runs for her life, her single goal to escape death by fire. But fleeing from her would-be killers seems impossible--unless she can find . . .

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Publishing My First Book

My first book, THE DOWRY BRIDE, started out as a rather dark short story—a homework assignment for the one and only creative writing course I took a few years ago.

When everyone in the class was asked to read a paragraph or two each week for critiquing, as our respective stories...

Shobhan Bantwal on Getting Published

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Shobhan Bantwal
Can a Menopausal Indian Woman Write Romance?

When I first decided to write women’s romantic fiction based in India, I had to ask myself two basic questions: First, do American readers know anything about the life of an average middle-class Indian man or woman? Second, as a Hindu woman in her fifties, especially one who had an old-fashioned...

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