loved it

Thanks Helen: I have just finished this gripping book. I have lain in bed, hours after my husband was asleep, just to get to the next part of the story. There was the odd Indian word I did not understand at first but it made no difference to my enjoyment of the book. It was sad to finish it. I look forward to reading more from the author.

Thanks to ‘Wee Bird’: I really enjoyed the way the author creates a family history and makes it so interesting and so riveting to read! It was a surprising ‘page turner’ which appealed to me because the characters were so well written and so absorbing, to such an extent that I became very curious about their lives, worries, traditions, hopes and fears. I learned so much about the ‘culture’ of the time too, but in such a way that it was seemingly an accidental part of the overall story. I really recommend this book!

Thanks to PR: A lovely book, based on fact, and a most enjoyable read. It describes the intertwining of the lives of the characters and the hardships they had to endure. It told me a lot about the history of India prior to Partition and gave much insight into arranged marriages and the love you had to close your eyes to. Where you did what was expected of you for the sake of the family, rather than being allowed to follow your own heart – which left me feeling quite sad. It also shows how sadly value-less a girl-child was.

A book to recommend. I applaud the author.

and more

Thank You A J for this – Finding Takri: A beautiful story, beautifully written.

I was surprised and delighted by the story told in this book. A quick read, it held my attention to the end.

I loved the detail of the lives of the women portrayed, the courage and companionship expressed and most of all the gentleness in what seems a harsh environment.

Thank you Juji for this – This book took me by surprise

I was a little doubtful for the first several pages as I got my head around both dialogue, people and places. However, very soon I was engrossed with the story and the characters. It is insightful, heart-warming and often very moving and I found myself gradually absorbed into the extended family, culture, history and country. However, the disclosure at the end has me looking for a significant epilogue!

Absorbing and enjoyable

Part biography – of a family and of a nation – part love story, part mystery – told through the tales of women. The crafted and deceptively gentle narrative draws you into the (sometimes brutal to our modern eyes) story of Takri and the women around her, and holds you entwined to the final page. The ideas and images will linger long after the much enjoyed reading of the actual book.

Thank You, Jen – fellow member of Arrochar Book Group 🙂