If you found yourself moved to tears by the distance and circumstances that separated childhood friends Anil and Leena in The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda, then strap yourself in. The Colour of Our Sky is one powerful debut that will haunt you.
As children, Mukta and Tara couldn’t appear more different: Mukta comes from a poor rural village, the daughter and granddaughter of temple prostitutes. On the other hand, vivacious Tara is the darling only child of an upper-middle-class family in Delhi. But when circumstances bring Mukta into Tara’s household as a serving girl, the two strike a deep and unlikely friendship.
Like Leena and Anil, the girls are separated and their friendship interrupted. But eleven years later, their enduring bond brings Tara back to India from America, determined to find the beloved friend that was kidnapped right out of her bedroom.
Like the bestselling The Golden Son, The Colour of Our Sky sheds light on the difficulties and limited choices facing disadvantaged women in India, whether they are the horrors of abusive marriage, or the exploitation of sex trafficking.
Despite the challenges Tara and Mukta face, the focus of their story is their friendship, the humanity and hope it provides, and how it saves them. If you’re looking for a heartfelt, unflinchingly honest story that sticks with you, pick up The Colour of Our Sky by Amita Trasi today. Just keep a box of tissues handy.
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