by Harold M. Bergsma

  1. ISBN: 978-81-291-2051-9
  2. Pages: 295 pages
  3. Date: October 2012


Masih, a farmer, is indentured to landowner Mohammed Hakim. Forced by
exploitation and utter poverty, Masih contracts his seven-year-old son Patrus to
serve a six-year apprenticeship in a carpet factory. A different form of bondage,
though just as vicious, plagues Mohammed’s family. Chamak, his niece, is abducted
and forced into sexual slavery. She succeeds in escaping, but is forever imprisoned
by the absurd codes of shame and purity that society imposes on her.
A sensitive portrayal of human suffering and the ultimate triumph of the human
spirit, Bonded is a compelling read.


Harold M. Bergsma earned a PhD from Michigan State University in International
Development Education. He retired as Emeritus Professor of Education from New
Mexico State University. His novel, One Way to Pakistan, won the Indie Excellence
Award for Multicultural Fiction in 2007. He spent the early years of his life in India
and Pakistan and currently lives with his wife, Lily Chu, in San Diego Bay.