Strong Woman Reba Rakshit - The Life and Times of a Stuntmaster
ISBN: 9789353769604 Size: 129 x 198 mm Language: English Book Binding: Paperback
About The Book
Had the act continued, the weight of the elephant would have
pressed Rebaâ€™s body down onto the knife loosely stitched into the
mattress placed below her and killed her â€¦
As little Reba explored the wilderness with the rising sun lighting
up her face, she knew she would chart her own path of endless
adventures and daring feats someday. A few years later, the rapidly
evolving society of early twentieth-century Calcutta, her adopted
home, provided just the right launch pad for her dreams. She found
a guru in the legendary Bishnu Charan Ghosh. With her Bishtuda by
her side and the stage to perform her death-defying stunts, Reba
reached dizzying heights with practice, precision and perseverance.
Her petite frame belied the strength of her conviction and the power
of her intent.
Strong Woman Reba Rakshit is a captivating account of a daredevil
who courted controversies and movie stars with equal ease. A woman
who dared to dream and had immense courage, steely determination
and enough ambition to fulfil it. The stuntmaster who worked
shoulder to shoulder with men to give her country its first â€˜strong
womanâ€™. She was the first Indian woman to lift an elephant on her
chest. But the â€˜Circus Beauty Queenâ€™ was wearing a crown of thorns
until one day she decided to take matters into her own hands â€¦
Rebaâ€™s is no ordinary story because she was no ordinary woman.
Ida Jo Pajunenâ€™s well-researched narrative brings to life not only the
legend, but also the sights and sounds of Kolkata of a bygone era.
About Ida Jo Pajunen
Ida JoPajunen is a writer and artist. She holds Master's degree in Gender Studies from the University of Cambridge and another Masterâ€™s degree in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She was awarded the title of Yoga Acharya (Master of Yoga) by the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center. She is the co-author of several Ghosh Yoga Practice Manuals and has worked to edit and publish historic manuscripts. She makes her home in Minnesota, USA, but travels around the world to teach practical yoga, history and philosophy and perform music. She is a lifelong and award-winning violinist and vocalist.