Under the neem tree, a baby is born, destined for greatness through an ordinary life.
Neem’s parents perform the lowliest of jobs for their village, outcaste and ostracised, forced to live outside society. Even in complete poverty, Neem flourishes under her parents’ love, shielded from the cruelness of the society who deems them untouchable. She plays in the shade of the neem tree, confiding her thoughts to the tree, which nurtures and protects her, an ever-steady presence in a life full of challenges.
Neem can’t stay innocent forever and she is faced with the harshness of society in a shocking way, resulting in the death of her parents. By a twist of fate, she is adopted by a respected devadasi and grows up beloved in a cultured, wealthy household. Her foster mother teaches her many skills, including the arts of the devadasi, and Neem’s accomplishments and beauty lead her to the Maharajan’s palace.
The Neem Tree follows Neem’s life to the Royal Palace and back to her native village, through danger to motherhood, the achievements of her children, their tragedies and their happiness. Neem’s spirituality forms and grows, supporting and nurturing her family through many difficult times, just as the Neem Tree supports and nurtures her.
From Neem’s humble beginnings will grow an extraordinary woman of great wisdom, spirit and humility.