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- Print Length: 356 pages
- Publisher: Malika Gandhi (February 14, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 14, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0070VV9TI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,681 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Freedom of the Monsoon: A fight for love and freedom Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
She has been writing seriously for two years but has dabbled in creative writing excercises and has attended seminars and conferences since her university days.
She came to writing Freedom of the Monsoon after studying Mohandas Gandhi, otherwise known as Mahatma Gandhi - the half-dressed fakir, who was her inspiration. After reading numerous books and watching films on the devastation
the Quit India Movement brought about, Malika wanted to show the 'human' side of the Independence era. She wanted to show the affects of the movement in every day life, getting away from the the politics.
Freedom of the Monsoon is set in 1940's India and shows the story from five points of view.
Malika lives with her husband and two young boys in Leicester, UK. She married into the Gandhi family and moved from London. NB. She and her family are not related to Mohandas Gandhi.
She is now working on her sequel and works on her blog. You can find more on Malika and her works by visiting her site:
Top Customer Reviews
This book has been edited since some of the older reviews have been written and many of the problems stated are not present. This should be noted. The use of Hindi with translation in brakets is distracting to me but I don't need the transition. I feel the Hindi is important to the story as it help the reader immerse in the flavor of India, and readers unfamiliar with Hindi stated it was to hard to look up the words in a glossary. I feel this is a great compromise. One reviewer complained the translations were not exact. I feel they are enough to give the reader an understanding of the scene without a lengthy definition.
This book was an emotional read, beautifully written. I feel it truly represents what my family lived through, as they were not involved in the politics, but suffered greatly. My Nani lost her whole family with the exception of one sister who came to the US with them. They were part of a movement to revive Buddhism in India. They were killed by Muslims. This is not a history book; it is not here to teach you; it isn't 100% historically accurate as one review criticized; it isn't supposed to be. It is historical FICTION, and I believe in this context the author is very successful. I was able to feel what the characters were feeling, the pain, lose and turmoil, as well as the friendships and love.
Written by Malika Gandhi
Reviewed by Roy Murry
The horrific events of the Mahatma Gandhi's Quiet Revolution and the conflict between white and brown Indians are brought to light in Ms. Gandhi's Freedom of the Monsoon. Mahandas, his real name was the Bapu, endeared father of the non-violent revolution that led India to freedom from British rule in 1947.
In Malika's historical novel we feel the pain of being dominated by another race of people, who have no real understanding of what being a Hindu or Muslim Indian entailed in that era. Conflicts arose because of these misinterpretations. Using a village's involvement as the nucleus of her story, the Indian point of view is enhanced.
Un-necessary deaths, jailing's, and killings were the norm according to the flow of events that led to the uprising that followed. This story has been told a number of times; however, Ms. Gandhi gets to the core of the conflict.
That miss-understanding of language and customs lead to conflicts. She details the areas between the caste system and the religious norms using the language of the period throughout this story. The reader will have to go with the slow flow of the Indian polite dialog to get the feelings behind each character's adventure.
Those conflicts: love affairs between people of different classes, religions, color, and government vs. the people will keep you involved. Villager's interwoven into what was an era that changed all their lives.
Ms. Gandhi did a fine job with her interpretations of the era surrounding The Quiet Revolution.
However I was pleasantly surprised and found the revised edition hard to put down. Being familiar with the characters and story helped me to make a favourable comparison.
Malika Ghandi has successfully turned an already excellent book into something even better, This is a beautiful story of love, friendship, community and courage set against one of the most turbulent times of Indian history. This fictional account of the Quit India struggle and partition is told through the eyes of ordinary Indian people rather than the opinions of famous historical figures.
Malika Ghandi has woven a tale with her colourful evocative prose, authentic dialogue ad vivid characterisation. These are characters that you ill come to care about and so they stay with you long after you click past the last page and that's the measure of a great story. The characters really came to life for me, especially Pooja who was a lot stronger than she believed herself to be. Indian terminology is explained without breaking the narrative flow. While there are dark aspects in this book the more depressing and harrowing aspects of the original have been removed or modified which is no bad thing.
I will definitely be looking for more books by Malika in future as I can't recommend this highly enough. Whether you have read the original or not this is well worth your time and money. I'm just sorry I can only give five stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I gave the book Freedom of the Monsoon five stars!!!!!! I read this book in two days. This was my first time reading a book by Malika Gandhi, and I was thoroughly impressed!!!!! Read morePublished 15 days ago by Cherrone Davenport
This book was sad and emotional!! However it was very well written and engaging. I actually hated that it had to end and I didn't like how it ended. Read morePublished 7 months ago by M.Smith
This story is so well written that it pulls you back in time with the characters. Your heart races with indignation and outrage, then breaks and weeps with pain and suffering. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sherri
I really liked this book. it has great characters and they all intertwined with each other really well. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lesia
Well written I swear I could see the colors Ms. Gandhi wrote about. Sadness and triumph.. looking forward to reading more of her worksPublished 9 months ago by ZenMama
Freedom of the Monsoon paints a wonderous picture of the simple life of the native Indians, giving glimpses into the difficulties of India and her people under the heels of the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
Based in reality and the sadness and death around the partition seen through the real lives of ordinary people
Freedom of the Monsoon is reflective of the Indian culture, and when the author uses Indian phrases, she adds the English translation so that it is easy for any reader to... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amy's Bookshelf Reviews
Freedom of the Monsoon by Malika Gandi
This is the story of young Pooja, her family and close friends. Read more