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Raised by two loving parents in New Delhi, India, Kanchan Bhaskar has always been taught that marriage means companionship, tenderness, and mutual respect—so when she enters into an arranged marriage, this is the kind of partnership she anticipates with her new, seemingly wonderful, husband. But after they marry, she quickly discovers that his warmth is deceptive—that the man beneath the bright, charming façade is actually a narcissistic, alcoholic, and violent man. Ultimately, it is Kanchan alone who must plan her escape toward freedom.
Reviews“A gripping story of one woman’s self-emancipation from marital despotism.”
“Through Bhaskar, we learn that while there are cultural differences from country to country, the effects of psychological and physical abuse are the same—as is the abuse cycle. She clearly shows denial's role in abuse, answering the questions, ‘Why doesn’t she leave?’ and ‘Why does she go back?’ Even after a woman has escaped her abuser, emotional scars must be healed—and it can take a very long time to recover. This detailed journey takes Bhaskar from a life of fear and pain to one of success and fulfillment.”
—Karen E Lee, retired clinical psychologist and author of The Full Catastrophe: A Memoir
“It takes immense courage to leave an abusive relationship. Kanchan Bhaskar’s memoir is an easy-to-read roadmap from leaving to recovery and thriving. Her compelling story equips readers with the means and grit required to rekindle a healthy relationship with Self and others.”
—Pat Davenport, CEO of A Safe Place