Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Literary Fiction, Cultural
Source: Book Review Request
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.08
Ensnared by a tradition hundreds of years old, a woman fights for her daughter’s happiness.
From the author of 'Tell A Thousand Lies,' which was shortlisted for the 2012 Tibor Jones South Asia award. UK's Glam magazine calls 'Tell A Thousand Lies' on of their 'five favourite tales from India.'
If you like Rohinton Mistry or Shilpi Somaya Gowda,you might like this short story of 40 pages.
A short fast-paced story about a woman who have suffered so much from being child ensnared and blinded by her love for her father who's devoted to a hundred year tradition of marrying her to the temple(Goddess. Later on, Godavari, the protagonist was turned into a prostitute by his father and was abused by men and had a baby at such a young age. She was then shunned and cursed by the society.
Reading Godavari's story broke my heart. The sufferings she had was too much. A father who offers her daughter for a ridiculous tradition, prostituting his own daughter and attempting to do the same with his granddaughter. A mother who committed suicide just to provide for the daughter who lost a dignity. Relatives who cut their ties. Siblings who ostracized her. To top all her suffering, she had to give up her daughter in order to give her child a normal life away from the hateful criticism of the society.
It was a relief that one of her sisters, Krishna, still cared and helped her. Also, it was nice that her 2 niece cared as well. All in all, it was a touching story. The author's writing is very great. I can say that it mirrors real happenings in life and in the society.
Although I love the story, I can't say the same with the ending. Well, it's not a cliffhanger but it feels like it. I feel like it needs elaboration on what happened in between before she was reunited with her daughter. It was just too short. Anyways, it's a 40 page story so maybe, that's just it. In general, it's still a dramatic and touching story.
A Touching 4 Stars
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