Leela Devi Panikar

Short-story collection, 6 stories, 252 pages
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The covers for the paperback and e-book editions are different. This elephant was photographed in the Angkor Wat area of Siem Reap, Cambodia. The elephant on the Kindle edition was photographed in Rajasthan, India.


Bathing Elephants
Suchin breaks away from her traditional moneyed family in Bangkok and sets up her own orchid business in Chiang Mai. On one of her frequent holiday trips to Phuket she meets Michael. Then the tsunami hits.

Will the future of Iraq be fear and widows? Young Jamilah is orphaned after her father is assassinated and her mother killed in a terrorist attack. She's taken in by an old stall-keeper who wants to protect her but can't.

Sequined Slippers
An orphaned sister and brother, 16 and 14, end up living alone. The sister goes to work and supports her brother while he's still in school. But one day he disappears.

I Was Killed in a Car Accident
Xiao'li was betrothed at birth, but as her marriage day approaches, she runs away from home. She meets a man who makes her happy, but is broken-hearted when she learns the fate of the man she was supposed to marry -- and decides to join him.

Stone Breaker
Rai wanted to be a soldier, but ends up in the hot swamps of the Terrai, where becomes a wealthy landowner ... until the Bhutanese authorities make him a refugee in his adopted country.

Wild Orchid
Love at first sight meets with disapproval, but the couple marry and are gradually accepted. Then the young husband's discontent with life in Myanmar sees him join the resistance, and his struggle for a better future sets a new course for everyone.

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