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The Girl and the Goddess: Stories and Poems of Divine Wisdom

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Bestselling poet, writer, and Instagram sensation Nikita Gill returns with an innovative novel in verse, exploring Hindu mythology and legend.

Let her be a little less human, a little more divine
Give her heart armor so it doesn't break as easily as mine

Meet Paro. A girl with a strong will, a full heart, and much to learn. Born into a family reeling from the ruptures of Partition in India, we follow her as she crosses the precarious lines between childhood, teenage discovery, and realizing her adult self. In the process, Paro must confront fear, desire and the darkest parts of herself in the search for meaning and, ultimately, empowerment.

Nikita Gill's vivid poetry and beautiful illustrations have captured hearts and imaginations—but in The Girl and the Goddess, she offers us her most personal and deeply felt writing to date: an intimate coming-of-age story told in linked poems that offers a look into the Hindu mythology and rich cultural influences that helped her become the woman she is today.

ISBN-13: 9780593085660

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Publication Date: 09-29-2020

Pages: 352

Product Dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)

Nikita Gill is a British-Indian writer and poet living in the south of England. With a huge online following, her words have entranced hearts and minds all over the world.

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In This Story:

There is a girl who is stubborn and strong willed and who makes a lot of mistakes.

A family that is trying to navigate its way through the aftermath of war and partition.

Parents who have the best intentions.
Gods and Goddesses who appear seemingly at random.

So when magic comes to stay it brings with it a firestorm of emotions.

A Secret From Me To You

There is something you should know before reading this tale.

Despite my best efforts,
I still do not know how to love myself.

But here is the secret that no one told me.

It’s okay.

It’s okay to feel like you’re drowning inside your own bones sometimes.

It’s okay to weep like a sky devoured by a storm.

It’s okay to be aware that there are wounds in you still that you aren’t letting heal.

Survival is ugly.
Healing is messy.
Self love is complicated.

It is the days you feel like this as much as your best days that help you grow.

All of this is part of being human.

You and I, we do not need to be perfect at one more thing no one has taught us how to do.

We can learn together.
How to be gentle with ourselves.
How to be kinder to ourselves

when life feels like it is more endings than beginnings.

Here is another secret no one will tell you:
No one has mastered the art of self love,
not even the Gods and Goddesses themselves.