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India Was One
by An Indian   

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Publisher:  Create Space ISBN-10:  1450543332 Type: 
Pages: 

368

Copyright:  March 6, 2011 ISBN-13:  9781450543330
Fiction

Have you ever imagined India being divided into two countries?

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 …Suddenly, he saw something shiny at the bottom of the abyss. He squinted his eyes to see what it was. He ran back to his binoculars and turned them to see what it was. Sharp barbed wires that separated the two mountains came into focus. He had come as far as he could in his country. But she was standing in another country.

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.


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…Suddenly, he saw something shiny at the bottom of the abyss. He squinted his eyes to see what it was. He ran back to his binoculars and turned them to see what it was. Sharp barbed wires that separated the two mountains came into focus. He had come as far as he could in his country. But she was standing in another country.

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.



Professional Reviews

How Indians Think
If you are not from India, you probably know a co-worker or a neighbor who is from India and possibly works in the IT industry. You know a bit about him or her but really not very much. If you read this story, you will understand how he or she thinks, the environment in which he or she grew up, in a light, easy, and breezy read. If you are an Indian-American who was born in the U.S. and grew up here, you will also understand a bit more about how your parents and other extended family members from India think. Those who grew up in India will relate to the story and the characters in the story immediately.

For the first two thirds of the book, it is a nice story with nice characters - no one is nasty, no one is mean, no one is conflicted but it all seems real though not very deep. The last part of the book has a Kafkaesque quality to it. It is a metaphor for the secular, humanist India of the past that many of us could relate to while growing up but then we suddenly wake up to a different India that reeks of fundamentalism, conflict and differences. The author, who has chosen to remain anonymous, is an idealist who worries that the door to the India of the past may be closed. Permanently? He fears. Perhaps not, he hopes.


Great eye opener
The book grabbed me right at the very beginning. The story got a little slow in the middle but really picked up again half way through and I couldn't put it down. Besides the heartbreaking and intriguing story of Kaahi and Jai, this book is full of Indian history, facts and traditions. I actually loved this part of the book best! I had never read a book about India and truth be told - I didn't really know much about the country. Everything I knew about India I learned from "The Amazing Race" LOL (which was not good stuff).
I am glad the Author takes us on this journey through the beautiful country of India introducing us to its culture. For me I got to see a different side of India that I don't think many Americans get to see.

One of my favorite parts was the wedding and reading about the differences between India and America -

"In the western world, a bride wears a white gown when she gets married and in India plain white is worn by a widow."
"Color is an essential part of any Indian occasion... The wedding being the happiest of occasions, they want to celebrate it with colors."

I was very glad to have this opportunity to read this book to get to know the real India better. This is a fast easy reading love/adventure story full of rich Indian heritage!


An inside look
I was sucked into this book the minute that I picked it up. A classic coming of age story based on a group of Indian college friends, following their antics, experiences and love. As the main characters grow up and move to America, we follow along with the twist and turns of life in a new land.

The author breaks down the complexities of India, for us non-Indians, so that we can fully understand and appreciate a way of life that is so different than our own. It also tells the story of a modern nation, India, wildly diverse among her citizens in language, religion, looks and economic status.

Part travelogue, part love story, part political statement, "India was One" is a page turner that I wasn't able to put down. Knowing Indians in the United States, both socially and professionally, I occasionally laughed out loud as I followed along with Jai as he dealt with his integration into his Los Angeles lifestyle. From the all night cricket parties (live Indian cricket starts at 1am in Los Angeles), to the side to side head shake, to the storming off the golf course, "India was One" captures the sometimes funny side but always serious side of two cultures learning to live together.


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