Monday, November 28, 2016

India Was One by An Indian

India Was One
by An Indian


Publication Date: March 6, 2011
Publisher: An Indian
ISBN: 1450543332
Genre: Cultural Heritage - Literary Fiction
Print Length: 370 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

...Suddenly, he saw something shiny at the bottom of the abyss. He squinted his eyes to see what it was. He ran back to his binoculars and turned them to see what it was. Sharp barbed wires that separated the two mountains came into focus. He had come as far as he could in his country. But she was standing in another country.

He was in South India and she was in North India...

Have you ever imagined India being divided into two countries? What happens to the millions of Indians who are from South India but are now residing in North India? Kaahi & Jai were two such people who got trapped in this situation. Everything was going smoothly for them and suddenly, their world turned upside down.

How will they get together? Will India become one again?

Take an exciting journey with them from their college days in Mumbai to their life in the US and back to India when they find out that India is divided.  

India Was One by An Indian

India Was OneINDIA WAS ONE romances the love of country and the love between a man and woman. Two tales intertwined to showcase the cultural heritage of a country with a kaleidoscope of religions, ethnic backgrounds and even dialects unfolding simultaneously to reveal the human side of life in a country steeped in traditions, in a time of heartbreaking conflict. The author, known as An Indian, further compels the reader to delve into a world he clearly loves deep in his soul. His lack of personal identity shows the depth of his beliefs in the country he was raised in, he is clearly stating his preference to be known as “An Indian.”

What starts as a sweet romance between Kaahi and Jai, reads like a tale of their day to day lives, their plans for the future and their desire to honor their cultures and families. There are bumps in the writing, but this inside view of real human emotions and the joy of young love is refreshing to read as these two bravely move on to adulthood and marriage in a foreign country, the United States. Their cultural shock rings true as what Americans take for granted, they find unusual and even daunting at times. I think it opens ones eyes to the reality of being a stranger in a foreign country.

That said, when India becomes a divided nation, North versus South and battle lines are being drawn, Kaahi and Jai never hesitated to go “home” to be with family in a time of crisis. Their own differences come to full and horrific light as they are separated with little hope of being reunited. What has happened to the country that has always been a melting pot of diversity? Will countryman kill countryman on the orders of foreign higher ups who avoid battle themselves or will the loyalty to their flag, their country and their fellow citizens rise up within them?

An Indian has created a tale fed with the brutal facts of reality and the fictional characters that give this tale life. I was moved by the heartfelt writing of this author who shared the India he knows with far more depth than a dry textbook or travel log. This is how we should learn of other cultures, countries and a world filled with diversity. An Indian has brought India to life and the world needs to step out and see the sights, feel the emotion and take note that everywhere, it is the individuals that make a country and the world what it is. All cultures deserve respect and should be recognized for their unique lives. Highly recommended for all readers from all cultures.

I received this copy from the author, An Indian in exchange for my honest review.

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