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India Was One Paperback – April 13, 2012
I think the oft-repeated cliché is the most apt to describe this tendency of Indians, that you can take an Indian out of India but not India out of an Indian. --India Post
I enjoyed this book. I was expecting more of an alternative history/political thriller, but the crisis leading to the division of India doesn't occur until three-quarters of the way through the book.
This novel recounts the story of Jai, his bride, and friends in India and abroad. The story is nicely told, and I enjoyed the descriptions of Indian culture, sport, and geography woven into the tale. A good read.
"Let me say I know very little about India and have never met anyone from there. This book changed all that. It is a tale of a boy and girl marrying and all they go thru. I really enjoyed learning more about them and the culture. This is a book that shows you many things you may not now about India and shows you what love and friendship mean. If you where separated from your love what would it be like for you. You need to read this delightful book to see what this amazing couple go thru. Very well written and I think this book makes you want to find out all you can about India."
"India Was One- is an engrossing story, very entertaining and shares a wealth of information. As a love story it breaks your heart to read of a married couple separated by country and culture. As a way to learn of another culture, India Was One wins hands down. As always it is a shame how we let small differences separate people. I really am glad I read this book and recommend it highly."
From the Back Cover
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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Top Customer Reviews
This was my second read in the genre of Indian fiction. Having been introduced to the Indian culture more in the past few years through my work, I am eager to learn more about the country, language and culture at large. This book offers the reader a quick immersion into the sights, sounds and flavors of the various regions of India. The very same passion and intensity I have come to meet in the Indian friends I have made, resonate through the central characters of Jai and Kaahi and their inner circle of college friends.
When the story opens, it reveals Jai who is on a mission to travel up to the mountain in order to be reunited with Kaahi who is on the opposite side of the mountain. He sees her through the binoculars and they are able to recognize each other through the open space and for a moment in time they are reunited though physically still a great distance apart. In that opening scene, you don't know why they are on opposite sides.
The story then switches back to the beginning when their lives were more simple and their only cares were spending time with their friends and deciding what their next steps in life will be post-college. This is a lovely story of a young love and the transition to adulthood. It is part romance but also part geography and history.
As the story progresses, Jai and Kaahi move to America where they begin to build a new life together. Jai starts works in his Father's business. The acclimation is not always easy for them. Soon after, a political crisis forces them back to the country they both love but will hardly recognize upon their return.Read more ›
Looking deeply into the culture and mores of a country that most Westerners don't understand, it takes the reader on a journey that is at once heartbreaking and life affirming. This novel will take you to the heart and soul of both the geographic land that is India and the richly diverse culture that is its people.
While none of us can fully understand a people or a culture unless we are part of it, it does open the doors to more comprehensive knowledge of why India is at a crossroad politically and economically.
But this isn't a history book or a travelogue, it is a story of people who love. Living their lives as all of us do. Working, laughing, joking and taking care of themselves and their families. As they celebrate festivals and buy homes you will see people who are living their lives much as we do. Falling in love as we do.
But there is an undercurrent in this rich and warmly penned story. What if India were divided physically? How would that change the lives of the people of India who live there and the lives of those who now live, work and contribute to so many other countries? Are the cultural divisions that are happening so radically in India akin to a physical division. What if there was a wall or a fence dividing India?
For those readers who want a love story and an understanding of a rich diverse culture India Was One will deliver that with warmth and skill.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was sought by 'An Indian' on Twitter. He ask me if I would be interested in reviewing his book. He briefly told me about it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Deneale's Book Buzz
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. I have a very close friend from India. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kim mcclain
People who live in India have a strong sense of unity for their country. The love they have is amazing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Heidi N.
This was such a fascinating story to read with such a powerful climax. I live in a community that is diverse in culture. Many of my neighbors are Indian. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Maggie Parke
***I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my unbiased review of it. The opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Seraphia
India Was One by An Indian is an extremely intriguing and highly entertaining novel. Readers will be fascinated by the amount of culture, conflict and suspense. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Danielle Urban
It was ok but he writes thing not interesting on and on instead of storytellingPublished 10 months ago by Yoriko Birdie
Interesting, but not overly complex. Good references to the language and customs of India.Published 10 months ago by Rochester Adult Education
Was very informative on many levels. Learned a lot about the people of India. Very descriptive of the sights and foods there and some other travels in Europe. Read morePublished 12 months ago by happyduo