Book Review: India was One by An Indian

Another book that languished on my kindle for ages. I’ve got to motivate myself to read on the Kindle. But when real books beckon, I can’t hold an electronic device, can I? Anpther review copy that I took ages to read. Apologies again.

…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?

Jai and Kaahi were college sweethearts. The story follows their story from their college days to the time that they get married and move to California. They are leading a comfortable life in LA when suddenly a shock news shatters their lives. India has been divided into two, North and South. All communication channels to and from India have been disconnected and the only way to know what’s happening, to get in touch with their loved ones would be to travel back to India. But that is another problem, because after the division, Jai is from South India and Kaahi from North. They can’t travel to the same parts of India. What happens next, you will have to read it to find out.

It’s a book which clearly reflects the passion that the author has for the subject. The last chapter especially is very interesting. The concept of how India is divided into many Indias thanks to the mental barriers that we form. It’s an interesting take on the subject and as I said, one that clearly brings out the author’s passion.

I have to say that I did find somethings detracted from the story, for me. There is a lot of explanation about almost everything. Be it local words, dialect or the various aspects of life in India. For me it was a little distracting(actually more than a little distracting) from the story itself, but I can imagine it being very fascinating for someone who knows little about India and Indian culture. I would have liked a little less detail. May just enough to capture the reader’s interest, rather than bore the reader completely. Having said that, what was annoying for me, might be a bonus for someone else reading the book, so I wouldn’t let that stop me from recommending it.

I would rate it a 3/5. It is not a book that I would re-read, but it is an interesting one-time read.

About the Author
The author was born and raised in Mumbai, India. He came to the US in 1989 and lived in New York. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

This book is available from Amazon(UK) and Flipkart(India).

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