- File Size: 4661 KB
- Print Length: 356 pages
- Publisher: Malika Gandhi (February 14, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 14, 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0070VV9TI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #766,088 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
Freedom of the Monsoon doesn't really focus on the abuse committed by the invaders, but as the spotlight moves about, following the story's main characters, aspects of it are thrown into relief by the edges, as it were, of the light, giving depth and texture to the main story, which relates the lives of two young people living through the period of the Quit India movement.
It's a gentle and moving story about some really nice people, although I did find the abusive husband suddenly experiencing a complete change of heart and never behaving badly again a little unrealistic.
One feature of Gandhi's writing that I really like is the way that she deals with Indian words: by giving the explanation of the term immediately afterwards, in parentheses, rather than using the more traditional footnote. This is a far more reader-friendly technique, and gives the book a friendly, chatty feeling that I enjoyed.
I did think that, as English is not the writer's first language, the book could have benefitted from a more rigorous edit, just to tidy up the inevitable stumbles in language that any non-English speaker is liable to make.
All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable read.
However, I think the novel could benefit from some fine-tuning. The punctuation threw me off at times, and the sudden change in tense at times was very annoying. Also, the ending unraveled a little too fast. Please, Malika, give this novel another edit and extend the story line at the end. Or, at the very least, write a sequel.
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