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About After the Tsunami:

"I wanted to show readers that even in the darkest of situations, when life seems impossible, there is always hope."

- Annam Manthiram

After the Tsunami


Saddened by the tragedy of the 2004 tsunami, which killed over 200,000 people, and inspired by my sisters' experiences growing up in a boarding school alone in India, I wrote After the Tsunami, which is about displacement and survival. Can children who are stripped of their families and left in terrifying situations not only survive, but thrive? My sisters were able to overcome their difficulties by utilizing strength from each other and are now happy and successful. But what was the path that led them here? I wanted to explore that.

After the Tsunami is about a group of young boys who must also bond together in order to survive the harshness of orphanage life. I wanted to profile one character in particular (Siddhartha) whose journey would illuminate the path one must take in order to rise above dire circumstances. I wanted to show readers that even in the darkest of situations, when life seems impossible, there is always hope.

I began the book in 2005, but most of it was completed in the space of two years after I had my son. Even when I had no time or was exhausted beyond belief, my faith in this book and my passion to see its completion never wavered. I worked on it in between feedings, nap times, evenings, and mornings. It was definitely a labor of love, and I am so happy that I am now able to share it with others.