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India Was One by An Indian

Sunday, June 21, 2015
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India Was One is a love story. The story is not about romantic love, even though this is included in the story; it is about love of family, friends, life, country, and culture.
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I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and I'm really glad that I accepted! 

The story begins as Jai is hiking to a mountaintop in South India to catch a glimpse of his wife, Kaahi, in North India. In spite of the distance between them, Jai and Kaahi are able to convey their love for each other; leaving readers wondering if Jai and Kaahi will be reunited. After this introduction, readers are transported back to the first time Jai and Kaahi met.

India Was One follows this young couple through their courtship, marriage, honeymoon, and their move to the United States. The story shares how different life is in the U.S. compared to life in India for Jai and Kaahi; some of the conveniences that are taken for granted in the U.S. amaze Jai and Kaahi, while some of the conveniences that the couple took for granted in India are not available in the United States. Readers get a glimpse of how life is different in the two countries, and watch how Jai and Kaahi adapt to their new lives in the U.S.

It seems that just as Jai and Kaahi are used to life in the U.S., there is political strife in India that divides South India from North India. Jai and Kaahi are extremely worried about their families; however, the division between the two countries has made it so that Indians that originated from South India are not permitted in North India, and Indians that originated from North India are not permitted in South India. Jai's family is from South India, and Kaahi is from North India; the couple learns that if they want to check on their families, they must do so separately.

While I was reading about the political strife that separated Jai and Kaahi, it made me think about the strife that we face in the United States. As India is a melting pot of different customs, languages, and religions; so is the United States. I took a moment to imagine what it would be like if my husband and I were separated because of the states that we were born in, or where our ancestors came from, and it saddened me. I also took a moment to think about how the couple's acceptance of friends from different backgrounds with different beliefs was like a drop in a lake. One drop isn't that much compared to a lake, but the ripples that are created by that drop make an impact on the lake. It made me realize that even though we may seem insignificant, we are significant in this world.

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India Was One is a beautiful story. Readers are given a glimpse of life in India, and we can see how diverse Indian culture is with all of its different languages, customs, and religions. I really enjoyed how the author, An Indian, provided understandable explanations of different subjects and complex concepts. I also liked that An Indian included some text in different languages along with English translations of that text. These simple acts of generosity did more to immerse me in the book than the words themselves, and added to my appreciation of the Indian culture.

If you are looking for an open and honest look at Indian culture; if you are overwhelmed by the
political strife in the United States, and need a gentler look at it; if you are searching for ways to introduce your children to a different perspective; or if you are looking for an easy read that will put you at ease; give this book a try.
book review, Fiction, On My Kindle
The good news is, you don't have to take my word for it. Head on over to India Was One's website for An Indian's bio, the artwork from India Was One, and the first chapter of India Was One. I also had the honor of engaging in some Q&A with An Indian, and thought that I'd share these discussions with you in a separate post.

You can purchase India Was One at these retailers:
  • Amazon.com - $4.95 for eBook, $13.46 for paperback
  • B&N - $14.95 for paperback
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 I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post may contain affiliate links. I will receive a commission for any items that you purchase when you follow these links.