Of Marriageable Age – by Sharon Maas: e-Book released

Of Marriageable Age

Sharon Maas’ captivating Novel, Of Marriageable Age, set in Guyana, has now been published in Digital Format, was released for sale on March 14.

The Novel is one of her bestsellers which include Peacocks Dancing, The Speech of Angels and The Sons of Gods. Sharon is the daughter of David Westmaas and Eileen Cox. She was born in Guyana and now lives in Germany.

Attached is a Press Release about the new edition of the Novel and a bio sketch of Sharon.

The e-book can be purchased on www.amazon.com and www.amazon.co.uk

Of Marriageable Age – Sharon Maas – e-Book released 

A spellbinding story of forbidden love.

Three continents, three decades, three very disparate lives:

Savitri, intuitive and charismatic, grows up among the servants of a pre-war English household in Madras. But the traditional customs of her Brahmin family clash against English upper-class prejudice, threatening her love for the privileged son of the house.

Nataraj, raised as the son of an idealistic doctor in rural South India, finds life in London heady, with girls and grass easily available… until he is summoned back home to face raw reality.

Saroj, her fire hidden by outward reserve, comes of age in Guyana, South America. When her strict, orthodox Hindu father goes one step too far she finally rebels against him… and even against her gentle, apparently docile Ma.

But Ma harbours a deep secret… one that binds these three so disparate lives and hurtles them towards a truth that could destroy their world

Download Full Press Release: Of Marriageable Age _ Sharon Maas _ Bookouture press release 2014

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  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On 03/27/2014 at 2:37 am

    I just noticed that Sharon Maas’ (aka Aruna Sharan) earlier book ‘Sons of God’ is about the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata. It is quite refreshing to see someone not raised in the Hindu tradition spend 40 years reading, rereading and then writing her own version of the great “majestic” Indian epic (10X the size of Homer’s Illiad), the Mahabharata. https://guyaneseonline.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/sons-of-gods-new-novel-by-sharon-westmaas/
    It is also quite telling that she clearly holds a countervailing and revered view of the Hindu classic masterpiece as opposed to UWI Linguistic lecturer, Dr. Kean Gibson. Gibson writing in ‘Sacred Duty-Hinduism & Violence in Guyana’ irreverently denounced and deprecated a leading character, the avatar (Outar), Lord Krishna and the Mahabharata as follows: “not only is Krishna vindictive and blood thirsty, but to kill is to do the Lord’s [Krishna’s] work and that “The site [in the Mahabharata] for [Krishna’s] sermon [Bhagavad Gita] indicates that violence is sacred. Violence, therefore, is the heart and soul of Hinduism”. As well, Gibson excoriates Dharma and defines it as “inequality”. Dharma is the central theme in the epic which is “wisdom” Sharon would have ‘read between the lines’ and which had her hooked for 40 years. This ‘subtle’ and multifaceted Dharma is cosmic/natural law which applies equally to every entity, animate or inanimate, seen or unseen (including the Supreme Godhead) in the universe. It is this cosmic nature of Hinduism why it is properly known as Sanatan (Eternal) Dharma.
    Given her stated fascination with the Hindu epic, it is no wonder Sharon would allocate 40 valuable years reading, re-reading and rewriting her own version of the Mahabharata – aka Sons of Gods – in order to improve on the shallower one volume and synoptic versions on the market; and likely why she would call it her “ ‘secret baby’ [which] she had been nourishing for over 30 years’ and say ”As I matured so did the story; with every rewrite I felt I had come to a deeper understanding of the characters and their motives, and of the underlying theme [Dharma] behind the epic. Finally, it’s ready to be born, to face the world. … a marvellous blend of page-turning entertainment and deep wisdom, peopled with larger-than-life characters who will live forever in their hearts.… Reading this magnificent epic had a powerful effect on me; it would not let me go. I read it over and over again over the years, in every version I could find.”
    I challenged Dr. Gibson’s jaundiced and ‘axe to grind’ views (in her two books on her alleged Hinduism’s inequality and prescriptions of violence for Afro Guyanese) in my own self-published book: ‘Under Attack! The Caribbean Indian’ as I saw Dr. Gibson’s thesis as part of a dangerous trend in the Caribbean to blame Hindus for political, economic and social ills in the Caribbean. My book is available at Austin’s Bookstore, G/T.
    Ps. I worked in the Ministry of Finance at the Public Bldgs (until 1969 as Supr of the Treasury’s data processing centre) during the time Sharon’s mom, Ms. Cox worked in said ministry.
    Best wishes to Sharon. I plan to get hold of at least the Sons of Gods and Of Marriageable Age.
    Veda Nath Mohabir (vedamohabir@rogers,com)

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