The Color of Our Sky: A Novel

The Color of Our Sky: A Novel

by Amita Trasi
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The Color of Our Sky: A Novel by Amita Trasi

In the spirit of Khaled Hosseini, Nadia Hashimi and Shilpi Somaya Gowda comes this powerful debut from a talented new voice—a sweeping, emotional journey of two childhood friends in Mumbai, India, whose lives converge only to change forever one fateful night.

India, 1986: Mukta, a ten-year-old village girl from the lower caste Yellama cult has come of age and must fulfill her destiny of becoming a temple prostitute, as her mother and grandmother did before her. In an attempt to escape her fate, Mukta is sent to be a house girl for an upper-middle class family in Mumbai. There she discovers a friend in the daughter of the family, high spirited eight-year-old Tara, who helps her recover from the wounds of her past. Tara introduces Mukta to an entirely different world—one of ice cream, reading, and a friendship that soon becomes a sisterhood.

But one night in 1993, Mukta is kidnapped from Tara’s family home and disappears. Shortly thereafter, Tara and her father move to America. A new life in Los Angeles awaits them but Tara never recovers from the loss of her best friend, or stops wondering if she was somehow responsible for Mukta's abduction.

Eleven years later, Tara, now an adult, returns to India determined to find Mukta. As her search takes her into the brutal underground world of human trafficking, Tara begins to uncover long-buried secrets in her own family that might explain what happened to Mukta—and why she came to live with Tara’s family in the first place.

Moving from a traditional Indian village to the bustling modern metropolis of Mumbai, to Los Angeles and back again, this is a heartbreaking and beautiful portrait of an unlikely friendship—a story of love, betrayal, and, ultimately, redemption.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062474070
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 168,435
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Amita Trasi was born and raised in Mumbai, India. She has an MBA in human resource management, and currently lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and two cats.

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The Color of Our Sky: A Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept me engaged and not wanting to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written!!!
Anonymous 3 months ago
I don't know where to begin. Even though the book is about two girls, Mukta's story stands out the most. Throughout the humiliation of her treatment in her village and by Tara's mother and her horrific life in the brothels, she never lost hope and she had much grace. She was able to find beauty and hope in the smallest of things. Readers will find themselves hoping right along with her. In the end, Mukta came to terms that everything that had occurred had been her lot so to speak. What had been was what had been and for whatever reason, she was supposed to have gone through it. So it is in our own lives. Often times things are what they are and there was nothing that could have made the outcome different. You either become bitter or find peace.
Anonymous 6 months ago
A well told story with beautiful descriptions of India, it’s people and places. Love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone it was so touching! Thanks for letting me know about this situation!
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This book was on my shelf for a while and I am glad I finally read it. It was a tremendously moving story. It reminded me very much of the Kite Runner, but the story was different in many aspects. Child prostitution and human trafficking is very real in many parts of the world, India being one of them. Although the story is fictional, the premise is very real and the author based the character of Mukta on the daughter of a servant in her home when she was younger. Mukta is the daughter of a temple prostitute and the son of a rich, high caste man. Although it can not be proven who the father is, she looks like him. When her grandmother sells her to a madam, she is sent to Mumbai to live with a family by a the man's mother. She does not want to see the young girl forced into the life of prostitution. She becomes friends with the daughter, Tara. They are like sisters until Tara's mother dies in a bombing. She blames Mukta for her death and asks a street hoodlum to come and take her from their home and return her to her village. Mukta is kidnapped from the bedroom and shortly after, Tara and her father move to America. It is not until her father's suicide that she finds out the Mukta is still alive and she heads to Mumbai to find her and rescue her. The story is told alternately from Mukta's and Tara's points of view. It also switches back and forth in time telling the story of their youth, as well as Mukta's present life and Tara's search. The circumstances of the lives of these girls lead them to make certain decisions as well as trap them in the lives they lead. The story is heart wrenching at times, knowing that this is the life for many women and girls. The writing was beautiful. There are so many quotes to take from this story. This would make a great book club read. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about other country's customs (good or bad), dramas, stories based on real life situations and just a great book.