Sarla's moeder dwarsboomt de vakantieplannen als ze op het laatste moment voor haar werk als journaliste wordt uitgezonden naar Tarekstan om verslag uit te brengen van de oorlog die daar woedt. Sarla is bitter teleurgesteld, maar bedenkt al snel een nieuw plan: ze gaat naar India, naar haar opa en oma, om daar de zomer door te brengen.Nana en Nani wonen in Daroga, ver wegSarla's moeder dwarsboomt de vakantieplannen als ze op het laatste moment voor haar werk als journaliste wordt uitgezonden naar Tarekstan om verslag uit te brengen van de oorlog die daar woedt. Sarla is bitter teleurgesteld, maar bedenkt al snel een nieuw plan: ze gaat naar India, naar haar opa en oma, om daar de zomer door te brengen.Nana en Nani wonen in Daroga, ver weg van Sarla's vertrouwde Londen. Het mysterieuze meisje Bina en zij zijn op elkaar aangewezen. Sarla laat zich onderdompelen in de gebruiken en tradities van India.Dan hoort ze van het bestaan van de koningin van de heuvels, Shobarani, en leert de waarheid over haar afkomst. Ze weet dat het een zomer zal worden om nooit meer te vergeten....
|Title||:||Een zomer in India|
|Number of Pages||:||256 Pages|
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Een zomer in India Reviews
I must admit that in the beginning, this book reminded me a lot of Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss'. It was probably the Himalayan setting, grandparents, a young girl living among mostly older people and the presence of the 'Liberation Front' in the background. But its just a coincidence, as 'Indian Summer' veers away soon enough. Fourteen year old Sarla finds herself in the town of Daroga, with her grandparents, after her vacation plans go awry when her mother is pulled away on account of work. Though Sarla's last trip was six years back, which ended with between her mother and grandparents, she adjusts soon enough and even manages to befriend Bina, the 15-year-old granddaughter of her grandparents' household help.The author makes a smart move by bringing in both girls as narrators of the book and we're able to juxtapose the similarities and differences between the two girls. They're both lonely souls in their own ways, and yearning for a more 'normal' childhood, they both have a not-so-regular relationships with their respective mothers, but the sheer class difference makes each others' lives almost incomprehensible. Their friendship however, helps Sarla understand more about Bina's life and that of Bina's mother, Shobharani, Bandit queen of the hills. Though the book covers some ground on the condition of the poor in villages, women's rights, class differences, it takes backstage when the plot moves on. Despite an attempt at a twist in the tail, the predictability of the plot and the stereotype secondary characters - despite their potential, takes a bit away from this book. But I liked it for its simple telling and the vivid description of life in a hill town. The kind of book that goes with cold nights and hot chocolate.
A blurb can be so misleading. I was suckered in by this sentence: Then Sarla hears about the bandit queen of the hills -- and knows this is going to be her most amazing summer ever. Who could resist the lure of a bandit queen? Unfortunately, said bandit queen was jailed ten years before the events of the book, and remains in prison for the rest of her life...As if that disappointment wasn't enough, I was beaten over the head with Serious Issues. Every time Bina was meek or submissive she would make a comment along the lines of, "See! Girls in India have to do what they're told! We have no rights!" She was always harping on about women's rights, or the gap between rich and poor. Don't get me wrong -- learning about cultural issues is obviously important -- but there's such a thing as weaving it into the story.
I enjoyed this book. After expecting a straightforward "East meets West" format, I thought that the author managed to make the book much more complex while keeping it interesting and very readable.I did think that the mother/daughter relationship between Rita and Sarla was a little eratic. It didn't feature significantly throughout the book then there as an emotional scene at the end that was unexpected and didn't seem to quite work. For a more detailed review visit Suite101.com
The book is about a girl who spend the summer with her grandparents in India. She meets Bina her cousin and learns about her family and decides to find out more. I did not enjoy this book. I thought it was uninteresting and confusing to read. I later realized that the book has different parts. There are chapters about the character sarla and chapter about the character Bina. I wouldn't give this book any stars.
Started promisingly then deteriorated into a series of cliches about the second generation Indian going back to discover mystery, adventure, romanticism.... and completely unrealistic one-dimensional characters. If only life back in India was quite that exciting!
Interesting characters, addressing the inequality of women in India.
Didn't like the different perspectives, which hardly had any differences in them, in spite of being the perspective of an Indian and a European girl....did not like the story a lot.
I think this book is amazing because it's about two friends and 1 summer i recommend this book to my nani!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)