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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 ...
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.
Posted May 12, 2011
Reading India Was One, was like entering through a hidden portal, the reader is introduced to the rich heritage of India, it is a story that unfolds with descriptive colorful characters that become like a family to the reader. There are the parents, the adults, the zany friends , the traditional relatives and the .lovestruck lovers who let you follow them through their daily lives;from college to romance, to friendships, to their favorite past time, Cricket. The married couple traveled to exotic locations, all over India, Europe and United States, the details are so vivid, it lets the imagination believe you are joining them on their journeys. This story divulges hidden secrets, the conflicts and the traditions of people living in India before and after a civil unrest. It adds exquisite colorful artwork and details one is not familiar with. Since the Partition of India in August 1947, there have been three major wars, one minor war and numerous armed skirmishes between India and Pakistan.
India Was One, tells of this country divided in two, North and South. The perils of the lovers and families trying to unite again, but are denied . The Indians are separated by their ethnicities and are trapped behind either the North or South borders according to military protocol, have to go where commanded even if loved ones are separated. The civilians are trying to coexist and declare their heritage of being an Indian and not lose their heritage to misguided terrorists. The conclusion was heart-wrenching,and at the same time, a ray of hope.The humor and art work is worth the price alone. This book covers all aspects of whata reader needs for a mini vacation away from life's struggles, so warm and friendly with fast paced thrills. You will not regret purchasing this book and placing it in your library .It is an excellent book to take a mini mind vacation with and opens a portal into a world of wonders and mysteries.
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Posted September 14, 2014
Extremely different. I will admit, I almost did not give this book a chance. However, I am glad I did.
The book is actually broken into three parts--- It starts off in India where it discusses the customs and cultural norms of the country. We learn about courting and wedding ceremonies, education, jobs and family life of the Indian people. Then we see the main characters travel to America and Europe where they experience culture shock as they adjust to their new surroundings. Comparisons are made regarding cricket and baseball, athletes, and other stars. The couple buy a home and have their first thanksgiving... then ... well.. then tragedy strikes. The third part is where the actual action of the plot takes place. It is a story of duty and obligation, family and patriotism.
What I liked: I enjoyed the various information on the cultural and religious norms. I once wrote a thesis on Kashmir and the conflicts of the region. This story touches those conflicts and other real issues and events, although fictionalized. Seeing the couple arrive in America from India, I was interested to see through their eyes what our respective countries look like. By the time we get to the "conflict" I was indeed finding myself calling Jai an idiot and telling his wife not to listen to him. That right there is the connection that an author strives to capture with his audience.
What I think might be beneficial for non-Indian readers would be to move some of the information to a right/ left margin area. Like a notation. There were instances where a word would be written in another language, then the English in parenthesis, then it continues with the story. It was very distracting, and caused me to almost stop reading at page 100. I can't read Indian, therefore I do not need it in there. As the story goes on, there is less of it, and I was able to better connect with the characters. In a 368 page book, it is unusual to get to the plot at around page 250. However, I do not get the impression this book was meant to entertain in the typical conflict plot resolution scenario. I also felt as though the author did not gear toward any one particular audience. When in India, he explained Indian culture in parenthesis for non-Indian. However, he did the same when in America, perhaps for the non-American culture. At that point as an American, it felt as though he was no longer speaking to me, but to anyone. That lost my connection. Then he gained it back again in the last part of the book where a more traditional storyline took place.
Overall, I found it to be an interesting read.The author obviously thought out certain aspects such as how the conflicts in India would cause a ripple effect throughout the world's economies. The world is becoming smaller, and by informing each other and sharing our experience we can all come together as one and stop the fighting going on. It is through ignorance (such as one comment by another reviewer that India is just a mess) that conflict begins. But through education and open discussion, we can embrace each other. I believe that is what the message was. It is a story of love, country, family and obligation.
My advice to anyone finding this to be a difficult read at first: Keep going. It will become easier.
Posted March 24, 2014
Formatting: This e-book was, generally, properly formatted. I loved the way that the table of contents was set up. The only issue that I saw with the formatting was that where something was written in a foreign language within the text, it translated into characters similar to wingdings instead of actual text.
Content: Generally, I like the story and characters. The book was well-written and the characters were interesting.
Posted January 5, 2012
India Was One- is an engrossing story, very entertaining and shares a wealth of information. As a love story it breaks your heart to read of a married couple separated by country and culture. As a way to learn of another culture, India Was One wins hands down. As always it is a shame how we let small differences separate people. I really am glad I read this book and recommend it highly.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 5, 2011
This story follows a young couple from India, Jai and Kaahi, as they go through college and then enter the world as a young married couple. Their journey starts out in India, where they are both attending college in Mumbai. They are accompanied on their journey by their group of young friends, Punk, Subra, and Bunty. After college Jai and Kaahi go to the United States for a brief time before unrest in India has them journeying back home. It is during this journey that Jai and Kaahi will be separated.
This book also offers an insider¿s view into India¿s traditions, religions, states, and people. The information is scattered throughout the book so you will lost when the author uses common Indian terminology to describe the different things in Indian culture.
This book was not what I expected. From the synopsis, I thought the book would be mostly about Jai and Kaahi¿s separation and journey back to each other. That was not the case. The majority of this book dealt with the day-to-day lives and traditions of people in India with a focus on Jai and Kaahi. They weren¿t even separated from each other until the last ¼ of the book.
This book would be an excellent read for anyone planning to travel to India so they could get an idea of how things worked there, a little bit of the common language and terms, common food terms, different holidays and festivals, travel in India, and a lot of information on the national pastime of Cricket.
** Note **
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. I received no chocolate or any other compensation in exchange for my review.
Posted April 9, 2011