In addition to being an author, Helen Khan is a wife, mother, grandmother, mentor, friend and an employee. But always, she wants to be someone who shines the love and light of God in dark places. But time and space limits how many hear about that Love. Books travel to places she can never go and reach a far wider audience. With one book written, she is now working on her second novel. It takes one from brokenness to being beautifully broken, much like the Japanese art of “kintsugi”; repairing what is broken with gold.
Helen Khan weaves an allegorical narrative through societal traditions that sanction domestic abuse and inequality towards women, but the garden gives a welcomed response of unconditional love, respect and dignity. Sonu, the narrator, takes the reader on a journey through her neighbourhood, Baraka Colony, that explains the societal mindset where violence towards women is expected and accepted behaviour. Sonu sees her mother abused and as the terror in their home intensifies, escapes to a magical garden where the shrouds are lifted to reveal a world she has never known. It is here she meets Lamb who teaches her that women deserve respect and kindness. Never having seen real love before, she meets unconditional love. In contrast to the tragedy of her world, her repeated escapes into the garden are a triumphal chorus of hope, encouragement and strength. Now she has a story of hope and redemption to tell, and even in death she continues her journey throughout the earth sharing that women are worthy of love and respect.If you have ever felt disrespected or have been abused, a journey with Sonu to her garden will give you the same encouragement and strength that she received there, especially from Lamb.
My Recent Blogs
- Featured Character: Mama from Shrouds Over Eden
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- Are We Created by Design or by Accident?
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- Light Dispels Darkness by Helen Khan
- A Hand in the Dark by Helen Khan
- The Valley of Darkness by Helen Khan
- Featured Character in Shrouds Over Eden: Salome by Helen Khan
- Runaway by Helen Khan
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- Oh, Father Bless Me Too by Helen Khan
- I Know What You Are Thinking by Helen Khan
- Where Girls (or Boys) Don’t Matter by Helen Khan
- Unnoticed by Helen Khan
- The Value of Being Known by Helen Khan