Janani, or mother as the creator of life, is what defines this collection of narratives. The book brings together the writings of women from various walks of life?authors, artists, academics, and ordinary citizens?to present their experiences of being mothers and daughters. The complex emotional journeys detailed in the touching narratives are heartwarming and provocative. Dedicating this volume to the women who went before and the generations that are yet to come, the contributors abandon their public faces to provide humane, intimate, and compelling real-life narratives. The collection includes true stories on adoptive motherhood, step-mothering, and single-motherhood. On the one hand, the reader encounters the gut-wrenching description of an avoidable abortion, and on the other, the firm choice made by a woman never to be a mother. The many stories presented here vividly depict the whole gamut of the experience of motherhood. An immensely readable book, it will appeal to all?mothers, daughters, fathers, sons?in short, all those who are part of and celebrate human relationships.Bhattacharya, Rinki is the author of 'Janani Mothers, Daughters, Motherhood', published 2006 under ISBN 9780761935100 and ISBN 076193510X.