In the Shadow of Crows
A powerful, moving and inspiring account of two ultumately intertwining lives. One is that of a young Englishman (the author), who goes to India in search of the truth of inherited family tales; the other of a Nepali-speaking widow named Bindra, who is driven from her mountain home when she contracts leprosy.
Bindra's character, culture and life are described in such a way that the reader is able to step into an entirely different worldview, empathising deeply with her as she struggles to come to terms with not only her physical decline, but the rejection and abuse she endures as result. The book is also a fascinating insight into the unorthodox wisdom with which Bindra has been raised, and it is this that ultimately enables her to endure a journey across the Plains in search of a place of safety for her children.
In the Shadow of Crows is a potent insight into the positive power of 'experiential empathy', when the author 's decision to live amongst sufferers of leprosy leads to the founding of a charity that continues to provide support to some of the most ostracised in India: http://www.sarva.org.uk
I learnt so much from this book ... it shows a great depth of understanding – Nikki Bedi, BBC Asian Network
In the Shadows of the Crows teaches us that there’s hope in the horror of daily life. There’s affirmation of good in the ghastly. Life is both better and worse than we ever imagined it to be and Manners is an inspirational, thoughtful, and compassionate writer, softly reminding us all of our common humanity and whispering to us that our life’s purpose should be to take care of one another. No matter our circumstances, we all live our lives in the shadow of death, but it’s the leaning into the light that makes the brief time we spend on earth hold any meaning at all ... This amazing book needs another voice – Westmount Examiner / The Monitor, Montreal
This is storytelling that touches the heart, a much-needed reminder in this time of fragmentation that it is only through our connecting with each other that we can fully realise our humanity – Manjari Mehta, Anthropologist, India
An extraordinary story of courage and transformation – Indigo Books, Toronto
A volume to provoke true soul-searching ... a must read – Professor Dhirendra Sharma, Editor of Philosophy & Social Action, Convener of ‘Concerned Scientists & Philosophers’, India