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Roots and Shadows

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In Indu’s ancestral home, that she had escaped from so many years ago, nothing seems to have altered. Yet all is different. Akka, the rich family tyrant, is dead and the family is on the threshold of great change. And the key to their future now lies in Indu’s hands. This novel provides a penetrative insight into the joint family revealing its strengths and weaknesses, its ...more
Published 2007 (first published 1992)
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Indu thinks herself as a revolutionary. Who hates to be under somebody’s surveillance, especially Akka’s (a domineering elderly lady) so she decides to escape from the cocoon which Akka has built so that she could live independently and make decisions of her life on her own. Subsequently she falls in love with Jayanth who is from a different caste and goes ahead and marries him without consulting her elders and now has job of her own as a journalist.

But does she really think she has made the rig
Nov 08, 2013 Rushil rated it it was ok
This has got to be one of the worst books I've ever read. It feels like it's been written by an author who only recently discovered the Thesaurus and went into overdrive with it.
The book is a first person narrative of a sellout journalist who has to keep reminding herself that she's strong and different. What she really is is a really weak protagonist who makes you want to strangle her.

Much of the book goes like this:

Random character: The Beatles were an awesome band.

Indu: (thinking) Ah 'awesom
Nov 28, 2013 Prasoon rated it did not like it

Holy mother of God!

The only reason I could finish this book is because I had to take an exam! I could barely digest the random difficult words. Fancy words have their place; I love fancy words in Victorian classics - they add to the charm. But this book was written from the POV of an Indian woman in the 60s in a town setting - using terribly difficult words that just do not fit was a pretty idiotic thing to do, IMHO.

But to top it off, the story was such an incoherent pi
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Read it as part of my curriculum in college.
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Dec 02, 2010 Maria Arpitha rated it liked it
its an interesting novel...................
Sep 08, 2013 Vishaal rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned, fiction
Struggled to finish it..
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Novelist and short story writer, Shashi Deshpande began her career with short stories and has by now authored nine short story collections, twelve novels and four books for children. Three of her novels have received awards, including the Sahitya Akademi award for `That Long Silence'. Some of her other novels are `The Dark Holds No Terrors', `A Matter of Time', `Small Remedies', `Moving On', `In T ...more
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