The brand new book by author David Evans “Love and Honor? “Marriage for Peace” portrays a harsh reality of India
September 20, 2021 – Author David Evans’ brand new book “Love and Honor? “Marriage for Peace” narratively describes a series of real events taking place in the northern states of India. The book is based on David’s qualitative research thesis on reported incidents from 1993 to 2013, with the help of his Indian mentor Dilawar Chetsingh. The book hit shelves on June 17, 2021.
“Love and honor? Unmasks the widespread phenomenon of romantic “Romeo and Juliet” style tragedies, where families have killed their own daughters, sons, sisters and brothers as well as those of other families in the name of family “honor.” History shows a sad reality that continues to prevail despite India’s democratic constitution of 1950.
Centered on the life of a family living in a village in northern India, the protagonist and hero of the story, Ashok, comes from a liberal Hindu family. But everyone’s life changes when their daughter chooses to marry a young Muslim. Although Ashok chooses a non-violent path, he fears for what members of his family and society may inflict on them and his newly married daughter in the name of preserving family honor.
David wrote “Love and Honor? Marriage for Peace ”to let the reader know that progress can be sought from murder to reconciliation to acceptance and, ultimately, to the celebration of marriage. This book identifies the springboards from violence to the acceptance of forbidden marriage, in cultures around the world.
“Amazingly indeed, David traverses us across Nepal and India, east and west to bring out, so wonderfully, our struggles of human bondage in romance and suffering, in the fields of the death of pride and prejudice in its superb style of storytelling. The book is fascinating but factual, beautifully narrated, required reading for all, especially discerning and students of human psychology and sociology, ”says Professor (Dr) Anoop.
David DE Evans currently lives in Adelaide, South Australia. He retired after a professional life in medicine, specializing in pathology and sexual health medicine. David holds a doctorate. in Humanities from the University of New England, Armidale, Australia, with his thesis entitled “The Romantic Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet”.
David has since participated in the international peace research conferences in Kathmandu (2015) and Ahmedabad (20i8), presenting articles on Family Shame and Eloping Couples: A Hindustani Warp in Time. Besides his academic pursuits, David enjoys spending time with his family and has a keen interest in Barbershop singing and the Quaker way of life.
For more information, please visit www.ddeevans1.com.
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