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The Storyteller's Secret


Bestselling Novel on USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon

Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past.

Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi—her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant—who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation. Through her courageous grandmother’s arrestingly romantic and heart-wrenching story, Jaya discovers the legacy bequeathed to her and a strength that, until now, she never knew was possible.

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Amazon Bestselling Novel

"There is no way I could have given Trail of Broken Wings less than five stars. Sejal Badani has a gift for written expression. Much of her narrative shook me to my core. It was poignant, haunting and beautiful and I found myself highlighting much of the book."

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I mourn my mother’s need to keep the events of her childhood hidden. But because of it, I traveled across the world to a home I never knew. And with my journey to India—in the laughter of the people, in the wounded souls of the beggars on the street, in the greatness and the sadness—I discovered the true story of my mother and grandmother. The women who created me. Though there is no playbook on how to navigate the path of life, if I do it with the grace and heart of the women before me, then I will have lived my life with honor.

                                                           ~ The Storyteller’s Secret

When I wrote the above paragraph I was thinking of my daughter. I’ve been desperate to be an example for her. I strived to find in myself first all the characteristics that I was sure would give her a full and complete life. Like a father who guides his son, a mother creates the foundation for her daughter. I convinced myself of the responsibility if for no other reason than because I would do better than my mother.

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