India Was One

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Season Ball, Mar 6, 2011 - Fiction - 368 pages
...Suddenly, he saw something shiny at the bottom of the abyss. He squinted his eyes 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.

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India Was One written by an Indian is a solid Three out of Five (significance reading)
India Was One is enjoyable, soundly written novel with a frightening twist: what if India became two countries. An Indian (the author’s pen name) creates a love story with characters that move the reader through this scary proposition, and as the story continues, the reader becomes more involved with the plight of “star-crossed” lovers.
The story begins with a married couple paying an exorbitant amount of money to look at each other through binoculars. They are separated by a barb-wired canyon because now India is two. India Was One allows the reader to travel with the couple from the beginning of their relationship showing the love and loyalty of the two.
Not only is India Was One a love story, it also gives the reader a fundamental insight to significant cultural characteristics of the traditional Indian heritage, the caste system, and the government. This novel brings into perspective the diversity of India and its vibrant and endearing people.
Overall, India Was One is worth reading. You can purchase this novel on
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Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite
I enjoyed this book. It is a must read from the first page to the last. I cared about the characters. The readers watch as Jai and Kaahi form a friendship
that develops into love. The young couple marries and moves to the States. During a tour of Europe they visit their homeland to check on their families. Political unrest tears them apart.
"India Was One" by An Indian is a satisfying read. The author makes the words dance across the page in a way few authors are able to. His manner of description is delightful. I could see the scene as he laid it out before me such as: “On the edge of the cliff was a makeshift railing of wooden sticks made from fallen tree branches. It looked as if someone had hurriedly built it to warn people . . .” I could see the wooden railing which was actually a pile of tree branches with a few leaves withered and dying, with small stems sticking out haphazardly. This is just one example of An Indian’s method of description. His style is simple and yet elegant.
"India Was One" offers readers a glimpse of the culture in a way few Westerners ever can experience. There is much about the country that I never knew or never understood. An Indian obviously wants readers to experience the true India. The exceptional part of this book is that the reader is experiencing the country through the eyes of An Indian. He or she shares a bit of the culture and then explains it. He or she is teaching us the true essence of the country. An Indian has written a book that is unique in genre, for it is difficult to determine where this book would fit structure-wise. "India Was One" is a bit everything rolled into one. There is something about this tale that leaves me thinking it will be considered a classic.


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The author was born and raised in Mumbai, India. He came to the US in 1989 to New York. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. 

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