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Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Book Review: India Was One
Author: An Indian (Anonymous)
Publisher: CreateSpace (Paperback),
Amazon Digital Services (Kindle
edition), Smashwords (eBook)
Genre: Realistic-fiction, Contemporary
In an age when India seems to be
threatened by all kinds of social and political ills, regional divide and
religious inconsistencies, 'India Was One' knocks on that door, yearning to be
re-opened to universal brotherhood and oneness. This is a self-published book
straight from the heart.
The title creates anxiety and
inquisitiveness in readers - India was one. Why 'was'? Isn't it yet one?
I loved the pencil drawing
illustrations at the beginning of each chapter. It was a visual treat. A lovely relationship between two
people has been portrayed. I personally loved the choice of the protagonists
names - Kaahi and Jai.
The author remains anonymous in order
to honour the concept of India. He thinks that labelling his name as a Hindu, a
Muslim, etc. would have pre-conceived judgements and notions in the reader’s
mind. Hence, he calls himself 'An Indian' - who remains to be passionate about
his country without revealing his identity!
The way he has crafted the book and the
detailed descriptions of Indian culture is worth appreciation. Good part -
Politics was not over dramatised.
Along with the story narration, there
are times when the characters use Hindi phrases as part of their conversations
(which are then translated). The dialogues in Hindi added a flavour and charm
to the book!
The author fears frustration over the
deep politically-driven fissures in today’s India might one day result in yet
another Partition. The writer lets his imagination run loose to the possible
scenarios of a divided India. Partitions create boundaries between people, not
just countries. I'd never think about such a dreading situation- partition part
II in India. It is scary.
The split of India leads to a split in
Kaahi and Jai's rosy life. They are forced to live separately as India is now
divided into North India and South India.
The initial chapters of the book
concentrate on the love story of two individuals coming from different
religious background and culture and their carefree days of college.
When Jai and Kaahi decide to convert
their college romance into a lifetime of togetherness, India from being 'one'
begins to scatter into multiple fragments due to civil unrest. Authorities tell
Jai that he and his wife would not be allowed to board the same flight to
India. The couple is stripped of their identity. The country they once called
their own was dissected into two.
The book reflects the innate emotions
of every Indian who has left India to settle abroad – that sense of longing for
their families, friends and all things mundane that was part of the everyday
life in India.
As human beings, countries and
religions should not separate us. Emotions bind us all. This book proves
that 'you can take an Indian out of India but not India out of an Indian.'
From one moment to the other, smiles
and success and affection turn to tears and fear and separation. The book is
about being one with your motherland, being one with India. This book is a
product of exceptionally different thinking - no actual story as such, but the
diversions and descriptions of various cultures make this book worth a read.
This last part of the book is the one
where the writing is most powerful. It gives us a lot to ponder on. The twist
in the tale and the ending are all brought together beautifully. The book
ends with a Bollywood-style twist!
There are many moments in the book when
you feel immensely proud of being an Indian. The message the book conveys is
what makes it different than the rest - "Although we are coming from
different states, with different languages and religion, we are all Indians. We
all love India…in our own way."
This is a love story with a twist - Romance
with patriotism. This book is magical. Highly recommended! A pleasant read.
It is thought provokingly amazing! An
Indian's writing style is brilliant and simple never making the book a heavy
read. An enjoyable book with the richness of India -an eye opener, literally! A book like this is worth preserving in paperback form, really!
Ratings - 4.5/5
PS: This review is a part of Book
review program hosted byWrite