The Cry of the Kingfisher: A Novel

by Belinda Viegas

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Set mainly in the verdant, sunshiny land of Goa, The cry of the kingfisher is a warm and inspiring tale of hope and courage. It deals with the inner and outer forces in life that break, and make, three different women. Mayola s sheltered, duty bound life is ripped apart when her gorgeous.....more


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Set mainly in the verdant, sunshiny land of Goa, The cry of the kingfisher is a warm and inspiring tale of hope and courage. It deals with the inner and outer forces in life that break, and make, three different women.

Mayola s sheltered, duty bound life is ripped apart when her gorgeous, tempestuous older sister, Zarella, in whose shadow she has grown, is mysteriously found drowned. All her training in medicine and psychiatry cannot help her as she grapples with the sudden emptiness of her life. Angry despair spurs her on a quest for meaning which brings her in contact with Donna and Succorina. Succorina is a village girl, born to superstition, ignorance and the disaster of being the fourth daughter instead of the long awaited son. Her attempts to break out of her poverty-stricken existence take her as a housemaid to Kuwait, through a distressing abortion and a failed marriage.

No longer able to deal with the cruel twists and turns her life has taken, her mind begins to crack. Donna is the proverbial poor little rich girl , brought up in England, showered with everything except love. She turns punk, sinking deeper into chaos and bewilderment as her hopes of finding love and acceptance start crumbling under an explosion of fears that threaten her very existence. Yet, when Mayola s path intersects with these two kindred souls, they embark on a journey of self-realisation, unraveling the painfully tangled strands of fears and dreams waiting to be realized. She watches in admiring delight as they bravely set out to uproot the malediction and hope gushes out.

About the author:

Dr. Belinda Viegas is a practising psychiatrist based in Goa. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, she recalls a wonderful childhood there -- filled with picnics, fishing and trips into the wild-life sanctuaries. On returning to India, she completed her schooling in Belgaum and joined St. John s Medical College in Bangalore for her M.B.B.S. She won the Gundu Rao Gold Medal for Preventive and Social Medicine from the Bangalore University and the Major Dr. K. Padmanabha Menon Prize in Community Medicine. She did her M.D. in Psychiatry from NIMHANS, the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, at Bangalore. While there, she got introduced to rock-climbing and trekking and even did a course with the Uttarkashi School of Mountaineering. She re-joined St. John s Medical College as a lecturer in Psychiatry and continued to organise treks for the students and staff. While doing the Mt. Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal she met her husband Richard. Marriage took her to Germany, where her children were born and where she also started writing. Their young family returned to Goa, and she began practice in Varca. They had a brief stint in Australia, to bring back happy memories, such as their first experience of scuba-diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Now its back to practicing psychiatry, child-rearing and - to break the monotony - cycling, sailing and occasional trekking trips.

Other details:

ISBN 9789380739137
Category Fiction and Literature
Language English
Edition First
Published in 2011
Publisher Goa 1556
Condition Brand New
Pages 221
Width 5.5 inches
Height 8.5 inches
Tags Novel , Life's Struggle

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