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* Flashback Friday * India Was One by An Indian

Friday, January 13, 2017
India Was One, An Indian, Flashback Friday, On My Kindle Book Reviews

Back in June 2015, an author who simply referred to himself as "An Indian" contacted me to review his book, India Was One.

At the time, I was working as a freelance book reviewer for one of those companies that paid reviewers to write consumer reviews and post them on Amazon. I was considering the possibility of reaching out to authors and offering reviews in exchange for free copies of their books, but I was hesitant to do so because of my lack of experience.

An was the first author to contact me to request a review, and his simple request fueled my confidence to contact authors; which is why I now have more books on my "to-be-read" list than I can manage.

India Was One, An Indian, Flashback Friday, On My Kindle Book Reviews

…Suddenly, he saw something shiny at the bottom of the abyss. He squinted 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?

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.
I enjoyed India Was One and wrote a glowing review of it, so it is only natural that I honor the first author who reached out to me by featuring his book today.

Reviews of India Was One

Of course, I don't expect you to follow me blindly into some abyss where awesome books dwell. Here are a few editorial reviews from Amazon that support my opinion:
"There is growing popularity of South Asian culture and spirituality as evidenced by the growth of Bollywood, Yoga, Curry and Kirtan in the US. Bestselling books like Eat, Pray Love and The Life of PI have capitalized on that interest. In India Was One the author provides the reader with an inside view of that culture. It is at once informative, exotic and thought provoking. It is a must read for anyone seeking a more than superficial understanding of India and the way it interplays with the conflicts and transformation of our modern society."
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.
Where to Find India Was One

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About An Indian

India Was One, An Indian, Fiction, Flashback Friday, On My Kindle Book Reviews

I was born and raised in Mumbai, India. I came to the US in 1989 and lived in New York. I currently reside in Los Angeles with my wife and two children.

I've written two books.

I term my first book, India Was One, as a realistic fiction, a fiction based on some real events. Find out more about it at It has a brief synopsis, various artworks used in the book, the poem used in the book, a few reviews (including several media reviews in magazines and newspapers in the US, Canada and India), an interactive map of India, and much more. You can read a few sample chapters here -

My second book, Beyond The Milky Way, is a science fiction. It's the first book in The Galaxy Series. Find out more about it at

In addition to writing books, I've also written a few articles. Find them at
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I also wanted to let you know that An is releasing the second book in The Galaxy Series, Return to Earth, on January 20th! I have already had the honor of reading it; it is a fantastic sequel, and it is available for pre-order on Amazon!

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