Monsoon Memories

Monsoon Memories

by Renita D'Silva

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ISBN-13: 9781909490048
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication date: 01/12/2014
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 410
Sales rank: 1,051,203
File size: 613 KB

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Monsoon Memories 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MomsSmallVictories More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully dramatic and poignant debut novel. A wonderfully dramatic and poignant debut novel from Renita D'Silva. I was captivated by the characters and their plight. I was intrigued by what deep secret could have torn the family apart. What caused Shirin so much grief that she was haunted by the Eyes that would follow her during her daydreams and nightmares? My heart broke for Shirin, she exiled herself to the UK but longed for her family in India but wondered if they could ever forgive her. I could empathize with young Reena, an only child in India, who stumbled on a photograph of this forgotten woman and was determined to find out more about her. I simply could not put this book down and although I figured out the secret about half way through, I had to know what would happen and if the family could resolve their issues. I enjoyed how the author switched from Shirin's to Reena's perspective as they both inched their way closer to the truth. I was so enthralled with the book that it did not feel like a 400 page book (which I only realized when writing the review). I look forward to future novels by this promising author. Setting Ahhh, India, the country of my ancestry with vibrant colors, sweet tropical fruits and fragrant, melt in your mouth curries. I have only been once that I can remember, but the country, its sights, delicious food and loving, welcoming family has stayed with me. I have family from Bangalore, where Reena's story in India takes place. Ms. D'Silva brought back delicious childhood memories of food my mom makes. I was drooling over just the mere thought of the wonderful aromas that Indian cooking produces. As diverse as India is with different regions speaking different languages and eating different foods, I was surprised to find some of our family's favorites described, idli with sambar (fat little white pancakes with lentil curry), masala dosa (Indian crepes stuffed with pan fried potato), bhel puri (crispy rice with a mint and sweet tamarind chutney, boiled potatoes, cilantro and tomatoes), and gulab jahmun (crispy, sugary doughnut holes floating in a sweet syrup). I have not learned to make these Indian favorites yet, looks like I will be hunting for some recipesMs. D'Silva brought to light the struggle characters face upholding their culture's strong values or going with their heart. She demonstrated the emotional impact of characters who are torn between following through with an arranged marriage or falling in love with someone of their choosing (even if he was of a different religion or station in life). The story shows the political unrest between Catholic, Hindu and Muslim Indians and the social disparity between the poorest servants who, when lucky, become part of the well-to-do family for whom they care. Ms. D'Silva transported me back to India and I was sad to leave India, Shirin, Reena and their families when the book was over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters in this book were engaging and unforgettable. The twist and turns that bring the two main characters were so engaging. The author gave a you a possible taste of their connection, but never the way you imagined. Their stories take place in England and India and are accompanied by descriptive language that tap into all senses capturing the Indian culture and traditions.