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Return to Book Page. Preview — Foreign by Sonora Jha. Foreign by Sonora Jha. In a village in India, a forsaken man is about to kill himself in quiet despair. A million miles away, Katya Misra is celebrating a perfect evening in her fine, academic life in Seattle. Contemptuous of her homeland and determined to bring Kabir back where h In a village in India, a forsaken man is about to kill himself in quiet despair. Contemptuous of her homeland and determined to bring Kabir back where he belongs, Katya must follow her son into the home of a suicidal farmer, fordign a village where, every eight hours, a man kills himself.
Here, as Kabir’s father soonora his son with his selfless social work, Katya finds an ally in the farmer’s wife Gayatribai, who saves Kabir’s life by damaging her own, and in return asks for Katya’s help in keeping her husband alive in the suicide epidemic that has gripped this treacherously changing nation.
Whipped up in a world of violent protest rallies, mass weddings, inglorious suicides, and a love that demands to be rekindled, Katya must foreig whose life can be saved and whose she should just let go.
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See 1 question about Foreign…. Lists with This Book. May 16, Gayatri Eassey rated it it was amazing. Her novel Jna is an absolute delight to read. It is well written, witty, smart and iha you so engaged in the adventures and of her characters. I learned immense amounts about the plight of farmers in rural India but never felt like I was learning only that I was enjoying the story and getting to know the characters in her book.
I’ve already bought copies of this book for friends and family and have been recommend Sonora Jha has done for rural Indian fogeign Katherine Boo did for Urban India. I’ve already bought copies of this book for friends and family and have been recommending it to everyone. If you need a good book in your life this is the book you’ve been looking for.
This is a beautiful book and I loved reading it. Apr 25, Sheri J. Can a book be written too perfectly?
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Yes, I found out when reading this and it suffered for it. However, that is perhaps the best flaw ever mentioned, and it doesn’t sully my hardy recommendation for this book- too much. As a writer, I’m painfully aware of the bones of ja when I read. Sometimes I can still get lost in masterful storytelling, but there is usually a part of my brain that watches the process. I didn’t read much about this book, not even sonra full inner flap because I hate spoile Can a book be written too perfectly? I didn’t read much about this book, not even the full inner flap because I hate spoilers, and it began to reveal too much.
I knew nothing of the author. But already in chapter 1 on Aurora Bridge in Seattle I felt a stiffness of statistics and manipulation of information that made me suspect It’s the only problem in this otherwise outstanding story.
Not because facts come into it-they are most worthy of telling- but because the characters like the incredibly alive Gayatribai and vivid scenes like dressing for the mass-wedding are unevenly paired with others that come across more wooden and seemed programmed to the purpose of the news behind the story or jua structure of stories done forsign.
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The organic growth of story feels stunted, or perhaps harshly pruned is a better metaphor, in spots. And in those moments I doubt the story. I feel it is a perfectly constructed ruse just written to teach me instead of the story of those I’m coming to know and want to love.
It creates distance when I do understand their plight instead of moving me to reach out to them and work for justice by their sides. I wanted to be swept away in the manner I have been by other writers with origins in India. They are some of the best I’ve read.
I want the ancient earth and colors and smells and hearts of the people to carry the anguish and struggle and beauty of this culture to me. And it happens in the characters, imagery that becomes movingly poetic, and even in the newsworthy action. In the scene of the protest Gayatribai sings for me. The depth and poignancy of her soul and actions come bursting out of the hardcover and will stay with me for a long time.
It is well worth reading for these moments, and it shows that Sonora Jha, this journalist, is also a novelist and has potential to be a master It is her first novel after all. And a fabulous one. But I hope her characters will live their own full lives next time and the story will unfold from within all of them even when it doesn’t quite fit the points to be made and doesn’t quite wrap on every nuance foreshadowed. Allowing the story to breathe more would make this story breathtaking.
It is still one to inhale deeply and to finish reading with a long sigh. Contentment, new understanding, sadness, resignation, resolve? That sigh is complex. Job well done, Sonora Jha. Dec 01, Ishan Nag rated it did not like it. Disappointingit has successfully displaced One Night at the call centre from the worst book i have ever readin fact now Bhagat’s exploits look harmless to me.
This book is The Hindu shortlist which says – ‘Her debut novel, Foreign, is literary fiction based on the true stories of farmers’ suicides in Vidarbha It brings together her work as a journalist, an academic, and a creative writer ‘having just finished itthat quote is nothing but a very tragic and self-serving sales pitch.
A Disappointingit has successfully displaced One Night at the call centre from the worst book i have ever readin fact now Bhagat’s exploits look harmless to me. All characters of the book are stereotypes in a peculiar fashionthe author hints she is conscious of it but yet is oblivious making her crime even bigger, all thought complexities or intelligence seems to reside to the protagonist and her son, the villagers and the activist are always waiting for their pearls of wisdom and directionit’s subtle.
Using her protagonist the author has gone over-board with her contemptous outlook.
It’s a NRI form of white man’s burden. There is nothing wrong jhq with the form of the book forrign the substance is repulsiveHaving read Muddy River, The Householder and AR Roy one can see through the superficiality and selfishness of the endeavor. Interestingly this reflects what’s wrong with the elites in Indiaeven admist the choas self-preservation and promotion is always preferred and reform should be peripheral without disturbing their family ethos-fabric which could be modern or traditional.
This book should be a case study on how not kha write a book on a sensitive topic as Farmer suicide. But people who need the book to know that farmer suicides do happen may love the book anyone else would be deeply disappointed.
This book could have been fine if she hadn’t chosen farmer’s suicide as a backdrop of an elitist non-consequential family drama.
Jul 03, Shreya Agarwal rated it liked it. A simple book which talks about a topic very common yet ignored in India.
Foreign: By Sonora Jha
The characters are hard to empathize with, because they’re all on extreme endpoints of different tangents. A boy who grew up in Seattle, but instantly very comfortable in a village, a mom who lets her 14 year old stay behind in a village, surrounded by dangers both natural and humane, and a guy who lets the woman he loves and his son to move to another country. The character buildup of the other people in the book is much A simple book which talks about a topic very common yet ignored in India.
The character buildup of the other people in the book is much better though. Also, being a very simple story, some parts seemed to have been romanticized way too much, with poetry and metaphorical descriptions which were completely unnecessary and out of place. However, there were certain lines so well placed, they made me go “Ooh snap”. May 08, Chaahat Jain rated it really liked it. The story revolves around a women named katyayini and her son and how their lives turn upside down when one fine day her son decides to run away to a foreign land to meet his father whom he had never known.
Through the story author has talked about the conditions of farmers in Indian economy and the core reasons for the ever growing suicide rates. Also the book shows the real scenario of our agricultural sector and how difficult life could get yet how one stands up in the most odd times of their life to fight back.
Dec 01, Pallak rated it it was ok. The start was so good, a real page-turner in the beginning. But the story lost its charm in the mid.
I felt the author tried to fit in quite a lot of drama, thereby, making the reader question the genuineness of the story of the protagonists. It didn’t quite seem plausible to me that anything and everything is happening to one family.
And the ending also didn’t connect with me- it was as if the author wanted to somehow come to a conclusion, no matter how unreasonable it might come across. Even t The start was so good, a real page-turner in the beginning. Even though the book touched upon a every important issue- the plight of the Indian farmers, yet it was a disappointment.
A few of them I have penned down for you: But she knows better than to fall into the trap of ‘belonging’. Just when you think you do, someone shows you that you don’t, or lets you go, or, worst of all, tells you you are free to leave. If rugs are so easy to pull from under your feet, it’s best not to stand on rugs at all. Aug 05, Christine rated it it was amazing.