Neela Bhattacharya Saxena breaks new intellectual ground, articulating the personal understanding of Kali she has gleaned from her upbringing as a Bengali woman, visionary life, and philosophical and literary exploration. Through an unconventional, illuminating reading of a range of texts, Saxena introduces readers to a Kali who helped her remain free of internalized oppression by offering a source of identity and wholeness that pulses beneath all dualities as universal but nonetheless female desire, creativity, power and joy.

-- Miranda Shaw, author of Passionate Enlightenment and many other books. University of Richmond
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