India Was One by An Indian
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
…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.
I received this e-book from the author to read and review. I guess since it started out with the main character, Jai, and his wife, Kaahni, on opposite sides of the border between North India and South India, that it would be about their difficulties in getting to each other and the reasons for the separation. It was about that, in the end, but the beginning and about the first half of the book dealt with how they met, their Indian culture and foods, what they did with their friends, their marriage, honeymoon and their first years in the USA. Although it was quite interesting, it moved a bit slowly and the historical and geographical facts that were given sometimes got in the way. The end of the book, after the split occurred, moved very quickly and was exciting. One instance though made me wonder: Jai was talking to his parents in Mumbai about the split and things that were happening and it seemed to me that he got most excited -- upset -- because the cricket matches were cancelled. He seemed to react a lot to that news -- not that the other news didn't disturb him. Maybe it was just the last straw. I really liked Bunty and was saddened by the sacrifice that he had to make. It made me realize how much he and his companions really loved India. The story flowed fairly well, but perhaps it just needs a bit of editing.
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