Neela: Victory Song is a book in the Girls of Many Lands series relating to Neela Sen. It was released in 2002 and available with the doll and separately, but retired with the collection in 2005.


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Chapter by Chapter Summary

Chapter One: Wedding Preparations

Chapter Two: Bandits!

Chapter Three: Good-Byes

Chapter Four: The Secret Guest

Chapter Five: Bad News

Chapter Six: Alone in a City of Strangers

Chapter Seven: A Desperate Search

Chapter Eight: A Daring Plan

Chapter Nine: The Rescue Mission

Chapter Ten: Unsuspected Obstacles

Then and Now: India

Discusses a girl's life in India. Topics include:

  • Details about how Indian life had continued even though World War Two had recently erupted in Europe.
  • The region of Bengal and traditional housing.
  • How Hindu marriages were arranged and what a bride was expected to do after the wedding.
  • Why Neela would wear a sari and a bindi to the wedding.
  • What a wedding 'dowry was made up of and who it was given to.
  • How the British arrived in and occupied India and how they lived.
  • Freedom fights and protesters.
  • What Gandhi believed in and his boycotts.
  • How the British handled the protesters.
  • India receiving its independence in 1947, and the popular song Vande Mataram.
  • Gandhi's influence on Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Life in India today.


The international cover.

  • Neela: Victory Song is the only one in the Girls of Many Lands series written in third person.
  • The book was later released by Penguin Books and offered for sale in India.
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