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Sara's Review: India Was One by An Indian


Author Provided Copy

Publisher: Self-Published

Released: March 6, 2011

Genre: Historical Fiction

Length: 368 Pages

Format: eBook, Paperback

*Available on Kindle Unlimited

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Synopsis

…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.

Three Star Review

I was provided a copy of India Was One in exchange for an honest review. I have always found the Indian culture fascinating. India is a places I would like to see at some point in my life. That being said I enjoyed all the facts that came along with the story. It took me forever to read because I would stop and do research. I can honestly say I've never seen a book written this way. It reminded me a bit of a travel guide. It took some getting used to but I found I really liked it. I also liked that we were given the Indian names of things then the English translation. I found the glimpse into the Indian culture riveting. The constant talk of food, I felt like I was watching Willie Wonka. I had to go try Indian food. I will say that the mildest food is still a bit too spicy for this white girl. Why only a 3? I think the writing could use a little polishing, a great Content Editor could work magic. I also think way too much time was spent on Cricket, don't get me wrong I would feel that way about any sport. ***SPOILERS***

This may just be a cultural thing but I did not understand the rush back to India and then separating from his wife. The tragedy just happened. Why rush home? I think I could have wrapped my mind around it better if they had gone months not hearing from home. I would have also liked to have more to the ending. There was so much buildup that the climax felt rushed. I didn't feel the emotions I would have liked. So overall the book was good. It's a fascinating look at India and all her people and what an extraordinary melting pot she is.


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