This book is a fictionalized exploration of real lives in an acclaimed missionary school run by an order of Hindu monks. A sizable chunk of society holds the order, and the institutions run by it, in high regard and anyone who has been a part of it.
This is also a very human story of some of the other women in the epic, often misunderstood and relegated to the margins : Kaikeyi, Surpanakha, Mandodari. It is also about women's struggle to retain autonomy in a world that priviledges men, as Chitra transforms an ancient story into a gripping, contemporary battle of wills.
The author introduces some of the people behind the statistics and new stories about the millions of people displaced worldwide. We need to take note about not only hatred they experienced in their own countries, but also racism and hatred they continue to experience in their new lands.
It is an astounding surprising plot with a respectful, authentic rendering of mental illness among children. With the world evolving at the place it is, the lives of children, especially adolescents, have become quite complex. The wholly realistic view of adolescents getting influenced by what they hear, see and experience and how to their fragile psyche cope up with the goings on has been beautifully shown through Irfan and Rishi.
It's about the series of political events which determine the course of it's protagonist Prabhakar's life. It is a courageous and dystopian political novel. The book makes it's point quickly and strongly and is an appropriate book for the near dystopic times we are living in.
Sobti's writing is charming, often melancholic, and peppered with nostalgia. She constantly goes back in time to speak of pre partition and how it was then. The book juxtaposes the past and the present, with nostalgia and loss at it's core.
In this book, she talks about death, oppresion of women, feelings you cannot name it, every single thing that is bottled up inside her right from loneliness.
This land is our land by Suketu Mehta
This book lays out a passionate and we'll researched argument for why immigrants move, and why immigrants are actually good for the places they move to, as opposed to all the hate rhetoric we are hearing from politicians these days.
The book collects the entire works spanning over a period of two decades since the author first decided to devote herself to the political essay as a way opening up space for justice, rights and freedoms in an increasingly hostile environment.
It's an amazing and thoughtful story that illuminates the bonds of family, sisterhood, and heritage that tether us despite our differences. Funny and heart breaking, it is a reminder of the truly important things we must treasure in our lives.