[Things to leave behind] EBOOK
Based in hills of kumaon and spanning three enerations of Indians and their British rulers it should have been pleasantly enjoyable Instead it managed to irk me by meandering aimlessly A description would commence and then be left abruptly with no correlation to the story There are puerile repetitions and stereotypical simplifications There is no story as such however book talks of a royal physician his wife his nephew
Nephew S Wife Nephew s wife nephew crush who is British wife s mother and father who is a surveyor mother s uncle and aunt and her mother I know you can t make any sense Neither could I Going by the pedigreed appreciations on the jacket it s entirely my fault that I couldn t enjoy the book The book will not move you to tears It will take time leaps in a matter of few paragraphs and the characters would not seek your sympathy That said it is a well "WRITTEN BOOK THAT PERFECTLY RECORDS THE TIMES OF BRITISH "book that perfectly records the times of British The caste system and its perils the interactions between the My Jihad: The True Story of An American Mujahid's Amazing Journey from Usama Bin Laden's Training Camps to Counterterrorism with the FBI and CIA goras and the natives the condition of women in those times the Indian freedom struggle modern medicine against Ayurveda all the above topics have been chronicled in the book It takes you to that era and helps you appreciate itDetailed review to be posted soon on my blog I m verylad that I picked up this book randomly at the airport As someone who The Book of Leviathan grew up in the Himalayan hills this book felt like a piece of home I carried with me when traveling so far away from home I am always longing to readood historical fiction written by Indian authors to Nine Ghosts get a vision of times past and the lives my ancestors might have lived This novel is well researched and well written It really does transport you to the Kumaon hills in the British raj The matters of cast religion nationalism are all discussed delicately through the varied view points of various characters I am surprised to see so few ratings here this book definitely deserves to be read by people The book has it s flaws I particularly felt that the steady rhythm of storyets a bit lost in the last uarter Set in the middle of the nineteenth century in Kumaon Namita Gokhale captures with a lilting melody in her prose the almost poetic and slow paced life in the mountains the social s the deep rooted beliefs and the way of life that was disrupted when the British arrived in Naineetal Through Tillie Deoki and Rosemary we catch a limpse of what might have been everyday life back then I enjoyed her descriptions of India and learning about how tightly wound cast traditions wereare but i found parts of the story where my mind drifted off as it didn t hold my full attention The way she interweaves the lives of all the women was thoughtfully done however I wanted from them As published on The Reading Owl There are books that you read cover to cover in one sitting because the build up is so strong Then there are others that flow like a stream sometimes steady and sometimes with a rush impossible to stem Things to leave behind is a type of latter. A rich panoramic historical novel shows you Kumaon and the Raj as you have never seen themIt is 1856 in picturesue Kumaon History has already begun its steady march Six native women clad in black and scarlet pichauras huddle around Naineetal Lake attempting to cleanse it of threatening new influences For these are the days of Uppe.
Namita Gokhale ↠ 1 REVIEWOn the other hand struck him as a manifestation of negative space essential to the composition of the dynamics around her Her passivity repelled him but he could not but appreciate her entle yet stubborn oodness SpiritualismThere is another aspect of the book "That I Found Confusing To Comprehend There "I found confusing to comprehend There a smattering of spiritual realism Some incidents are left unexplained and attributed to some mystical powers I don t understand if these are written that way to describe the world of those times or if the author believed them to be trueRecommendationThis is the perfect book with a laid back story to enjoy on peaceful days You can forget yourself in the hills of Kumaon and enjoy the lakes and forests with the characters I have this strong desire to travel to those hills and visit the Tals to experience the beauty described first hand I loved reading
the book Highly recommended The story revolves around multiple characters residingbook Highly recommended The story revolves around multiple characters residing the picturesue Kumaon region of India It starts off from 1856 and pans out over many years aheadPros 1Loved reading about the bucolic towns of Nainital Almora Kathgodam Kumaon which are all now a part of Uttarakhand Thoroughly enjoy stories set against the backdrop of cosy hill areas abundant with lakes and lush reenery 2The story is historically rich and The New Song: For the Sunday School, Societies of Christian Endeavor, and Other Religious Exercises (Classic Reprint) gives you multiple little factoids that are very uite fascinating For ex the bit about Ramchandar Chatterjee the first Indian to take a hot air balloon flight in 1889 3The mother daughter duo of Tillotamma and Deoki Tilli is not very likeable from theo She comes off as eccentric but starts to Riding Hard grow on you and ultimately is the only character who really stays back with you Her daughter Deoki is eually endearingCons 1Too many characters and incomplete abandoned narratives So many plot lines felt like they just ended abruptly and really didn t do much in terms of carrying the story forward2Some where along half way mark the story started to became tedious and flat Got me restless and itching to finish3Two of the characters Rosemary and Jayesh to me seemed insufferable Drowning in self pity and some false sense of righteousness 5 stars for me It wasood reading this book that spans across Arabian Challenge generations set in the hills in the Raj just after the mutiny I struggled to understand who the book is about or why I should remember any detail related to how ppl are introduced etc because the plot didn t need to me tie down any relationships between protagonists It was an enjoyable readood literature and an easy tone I loved some female characters who dared to o beyond their limits set by the society back then I d recommend one to read this book if one has time to spare and can ponder on the modern civilization around the hills spread of Christianity in the 1800s etc A story based in Kumaonduring British era of superstitions the rigid caste divide of strong women who try to rebel within the possible confines of their livesI loved the way the story was written a nice refreshing read. Of the mixed legacy of British Indian past Full of the fascinating backstory of Naineetal and its unwilling entry into Indian history throwing a shining light on the elemental confusion of caste creed and culture illuminated with painstaking detail here is a fascinating historical epic and Namita Gokhale’s most ambitious novel And felt as timeless as itHistorical FictionThe story is set in the India of 1800s East India Company is expanding its root in the Indian subcontinent Britishers are everywhere They have become a new class set apart from the
Highest Of Castes In India Among Themof castes in India Among them some who are trying to unravel the secrets the hills of India hold During one of his expeditions P Barron discovers the hidden sanctuary of Naini Tal So far only worshipped it becomes a new station for the Britishers to reposeFierce Woman ProtagonistSet in and around this scenic town this is the tale of Tilottama She is an orphan raised by her aunt and uncle In the first part we see her etting married enjoying the new found freedom Der Verlorene Koffer: A Graded Reader for Beginning Students growing detached from her husband striving toet educated ILLERAMMA Kathalu giving birth to her daughter Deoki and becoming and eccentricI loved Tilo s character Her fierceness her unabashed abhorrence of Brahmin customs her zeal to learn and to know had me admiring her even she failed in her homely duties Namita Gokhale has created a character far beyond the time the book is set in I related to her when she would plan a million things she could not execute for the society if tolerant only to a level Her indifference to her husband s absence proved her self reliance I found her an enigmatic personality until the very endBounding over time and placesThe book starts slow with a lot of information on historical unrelated events but once the character introductions are in place and the pace is set itoes on beautifullyThe story here takes a time leap and introduce us to the next eneration To the confident "Jayesh To Lovely Deoki "to lovely Deoki to pious Rosemary The threads of their lives are deeply entangled with each other and dyed in colors of wanting longing and unreuited love Circumstances find them all living under the same roof of Eden Ashram a uite sanatorium set beside the reen waters of Panna Lake The dynamics of this awkward trio changes with the appearance of William Dempster a painter at the AshramCaste StruggleNamita Gokhale has documented here many customs followed by Brahmin families of those times The cleansing rituals using cow urine the segregation of kitchen area from the rest of the house the rules to be followed while cooking the inhibition that women could not roam in the markets attempts to even be away from shadows of those belonging to the lower caste all show us the divide present in Indian society It was a matter of pride to be double born Brahmin and the story kind of tries to put into perspective that it is okay to not be all pious In the end it is family and relationships that matterWomen of 1800sThrough Tilo s and Deoki s life Namrata has also tried to put forward the duplicity of
Indian society where men are allowed to transgress and even have affairssociety where men are allowed to transgress and even have affairs the ignored lonely women are shamed for even looking at an unknown manComing to Rosemary I don t know how to describe her character However I believe these lines from the book Cheyenne: A Sweet Historical Romance give a perfect description Rosemary. R Mall Road for Europeans and their horses and Lower Mall Road ‘for dogs servants and other Indians’ And this is the story of feisty young Tilottama Dutt whose uncle hangs when he protests the reigning order and her daughter Deoki who will confront change as Indians and as women Things to Leave Behind brings alive the romance.