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Great Britain 2008 Soft Cover First Edition Near Fine 8vo-over 7?"-9?" tall 9781849231510 Trade Paperback Trade Paperback. This is a compelling story not just of an immigrant in ... an alien land. This book is about universal aspects of identity, culture, love and betrayal. Although a romantic at heart, Sita consents to an arranged marraige to a medic Ram and starts her new life in Glasgow. Incompatible in every way, yet, they stay together. This book peels aways the layers and presents the simmering progress of their life in Glasgow. Aunty BB, a gossipmonger is the bane of Sita's life claims to uphold the Indian culture. Straddling the two cultures, putting down her roots while not forgetting her own liberal family values steeped in an ancient culture is a delicate balance for Sita. As the family searches for its identity, Scotland's political future parallels with its fight for its own Parliament. In an unexpected twist in her life, she faces a new predicament. Could she face the ostracism of the close-knit Read more Show Less

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  • ISBN-13: 9781849231510
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  • Publication date: 12/8/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

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    The Brahmins - The Twice Born

    "Twice born are people who have realized God," elucidates Sita's father to the confused little girl, at the start of Leela Soma's brilliant and evocative novel. At that time Sita likely did not appreciate that she would have to 'realize God' not in her hometown, Madras, but in Glasgow Scotland, where she has to live following an arranged marriage with her husband, Ram. Although, Sita's astrologer had drawn a neat square and, after placing all the major planets and other stars on the corners and in between, pronounced her entwine-able with a partner, we have to wait for the surprising conclusion, whether her breech birth would play a role in turning her life upside down.

    Soma's articulate writing brings Sita and Ram's experiences vividly before our eyes. We virtually live, alongside them, in their trials and tribulations of Glasgow life. Their stresses are not only from the local residents but also from their own Indian community. Furthermore, the Scottish political changes are woven into their transformations that add authenticity to the plot.

    A highly recommended novel, especially for those wishing to learn more about the sufferings, experiences and conflicts of Indian immigrants in adapting in a new land. The narrative is very realistic, especially since the author is a long time resident of Scotland. While this is Leela's debut, the novel parallels those by other notable prize winning Indian authors with similar theme and settings in the UK and the United States. I am looking forward to reading more novels by this exciting novelist and am confident that it is in her stars that we will see her work soon on the celluloid screen.

    Reviewed by: Waheed Rabbani, author of, "Doctor Margaret's Sea Chest."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2008

    A good read

    A contemporary story set in Scotland and Madras, India. The overarching theme of the novel is love and betrayal. Universal aspects of identity, culture against the changing political scene of Scotland feature strongly in the story.<BR/><BR/>I enjoyed the characters, the style, the pace and the highs and lows of a middle class immigrant experience in Glasgow, Scotland.`Twice Born¿ peels away the layers and presents the simmering progress of their life in Glasgow.<BR/><BR/>Global readers are reaching out for experiences of the Indian diasporas and are interested in lives of other cultures, this novel fulfills this niche in a rich way.

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