martes, 31 de julio de 2012

Review of Freedom of the Monsoon by Malika Gandhi

                                           Freedom of the Monsoon by Malika Gandhi
Reviewed by Alex Canton-Dutari
I am partial to stories about India; this I must admit, which makes me begin my readings with high hopes. The way this story related to the struggle for independence an...d resulting partition of India and the new Pakistan caught my interest and motivated me to keep on reading, no matter what.
Ms Gandhi's characters told their own stories in first person -- even the deceased. In fact, when this occurred early in the book, I wondered how the plot would work. Well, she was able to weave each story into an understandable web, including poetic descriptions.
This is a book written in English-as-a-second-language, and it needs editing for punctuation -- there is an interesting use of commas rather than semi-colons. Some grammar issues may be attributed to local English lore -- "…repeating the lord's name under her breath." Would this be the Lord, or a minor god?
I was very much bothered by the overuse of Hindi throughout the book. Even having a detailed glossary made reading difficult. Could it be that the customer target is the English speaking Indian?
In spite of the latest comments on the how-it was-written I liked the book.
 A Short Interview
1- When did you start to write, formally?
I began to write when I was in Uni and I finished the first draft of the book. It was a very different story then and a lot of plots and sub plots changed as I wrote several drafts. Even the names changed! I began to get serious about the book about three years ago after my second son was born.
2 - Do you have a family background of writers?
No one in my family is a writer so I am actually the first one. I have a lot of accountants in my family.

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