Black Jack

      Rani Manicka
Black Jack

What if you were dying and nothing could
change that?

But worse, you are just fourteen with so
much life ahead to live.

Would you shed tears and long for more time
to do the things you always wanted?

What if someone offered you that time to
experience all the things you dreamed off and more.

In exchange for one last selfless act?

One that could save the life of another,
the one you truly love...

What would you do?

Come on this heartfelt and Inspirational journey, where
characters come alive and sweep you along on a tide of emotions that will stay
with you long after you have put this book down.

Rani Manicka is an International best-selling
novelist and the author of three previous books. Her works have been translated
in 26 languages. Black Jack is her fourth and latest novel.

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    The Rice Mother

      Rani Manicka
The Rice Mother

Nothing in Lakshmi's childhood, running carefree and barefoot on the sun-baked earth amid the coconut and mango trees of Ceylon, could have prepared her for what life was to bring her. At fourteen, she finds herself traded in marriage to a stranger across the ocean in the fascinating land of Malaysia.

Duped into thinking her new husband is wealthy, she instead finds herself struggling to raise a family with a man too impractical to face reality and a world that is, by turns, unyielding and amazing, brutal and beautiful.

Giving birth to a child every year until she is nineteen, Lakshmi becomes a formidable matriarch, determined to wrest from the world a better life for her daughters and sons and to face every new challenge with almost mythic strength.

By sheer willpower Lakshmi survives the nightmare of World War II and the Japanese occupation -- but not unscathed. The family bears deep scars on its back and in turn inflicts those wounds on the next generation. But it is not until Lakshmi's great-granddaughter, Nisha, pieces together the mosaic of her family history that the legacy of the Rice Mother bears fruit.

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