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…Suddenly, he saw something shiny at the bottom of the abyss. He squinted to see what it was. He ran back to his binoculars and turned them to see what it was. Sharp barbed wires that separated the two mountains came into focus. He had come as far as he could in his country. But she was standing in another country.

He was in South India and she was in North India…

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Published March 6th 2011 by Create Space
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Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
More like 4 1/2 stars, yaar!

"'I didn't call you BLOODY, I called you BUDDY, a friend. But if you don't take my friend's advice, he will make you bloody...that I can promise you'" (page 9).

"'It says on the card "RESIDENT ALIEN." ALIEN? Made me feel so strange and unwelcome here, like I was from some other planet. ... I felt so bad that day, but not as bad as when I became a US citizen'" (p. 214).

"Actually, it was a sign that had said 'Welcome to India,' but someone had altered it, and put a caret
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This was an interesting book, and one that cannot be easily categorized.

There is a love story. Jai and Kaahi meet in college and fall in love. Their story threads through the book, including their initial attraction, time spent with each other and friends in college, their marriage after graduating, and their lives together – and apart – and together again.

There is a culture log. Indian culture, Los Angeles culture as experienced by Indian immigrants, and European culture as experienced by India
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
The author immerses us in the culture of India-- its foods, hobbies, daily life, religions in a way no outsider could. We then get to see his perspective of America as he migrates here for work, and his view of Europe on vacation. I liked seeing how someone from another country sees things that we are so used to. In the book, trouble then erupts in India... the northern India being divided from Southern India. Whether the divisions where caused by regional differences or religion does not matter ...more
Onaiza Khan
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
India is One is a cultural roller-coaster. India's culture, it's strengths, and weaknesses are entwined with a beautiful love story. Anyone who is interested in knowing more about India, before visiting or just for fun, this book could prove to be a great tool.

The descriptions and explanations for various Indian, European and American places, landscapes, practices etc are very lively.

This book also deals with some serious issues like terrorism, regionalism etc and handles them really well.
Zoe Mann
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it
'India Was One' by an Indian follows the lives of Jai and Kaahi as they grow and mature from teenagers into adults moving from their mother land of India to overseas America. It shows the struggles that both Jai and Kaahi face when leaving their home behind and how they have to adapt to fit in and make America the best possible home it can be without abandoning their culture, heritage and beliefs. It describes the many religions and different backgrounds of people living in India, however, when ...more
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this sneaky book a few weeks ago but didn't feel ready to write about it for some time. I call it sneaky because it found it's way into my head and heart. The love story was, may I say, lovely? The group of friends were silly, funny, loyal and finding their way in a somewhat privileged atmosphere which made what happened in their country even more shocking. It was fascinating to learn the history of the political difficulties in India and of how the division of the country affected indivi ...more
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Love, Loyalty, Traditions
Discover India through the eyes and heart of one of her sons.

INDIA WAS ONE romances the love of country and the love between a man and woman. Two tales intertwined to showcase the cultural heritage of a country with a kaleidoscope of religions, ethnic backgrounds and even dialects unfolding simultaneously to reveal the human side of life in a country steeped in traditions, in a
Shaikha Alahmad
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it

I'm madly in love with the Indian culture and this book is exactly what I needed, a beautiful journey to India. 💕🇮🇳

When I first started reading this, I didn't expect it to be so lovely. 😍
This is the love story of Jai and Kaahi, but it was more of a Travel book to me.
Nevertheless, I'm quite impressed with this one, it's very informative, enlightening and different from what I usually read. 👏🏼

Glad that I was provided with a copy from the author! Many thanks to you sir and good luck. 🙏🏼
Paul Falk
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, india
I was granted a free sightseeing tour through the eyes of the author that guided me through the busy streets of Mumbai, India. Fascinating detail of the country's many local charms, foods and pastimes were proudly put on display. There was a lot to soak in. It was quite a ride. Throughout the narrative, many notations of popular foods, expressions and even some mild expletives were written in the language of Hindi followed by an explanation in English. That was an interesting "first".

I made the
Personally I like it as read.

It is a story written with so much bubbling; it’s rightfully “rollercoaster ride” and can be put in different genre the way of story progresses.

India has vast heritage of its beliefs, history, communal sagas and regional traditions. And there with it also have benefits and consequences. Book reminds many common issues out of ocean filled problems.

The book had transcendent storyline and my expectations are usually high with it but some places the story abruptly shorte
Rebecca McNutt
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was well-written and original, the story of a love between two people divided when their country is divided, and how they are finally able to reunite. Jai's struggle to reconnect with his beloved wife Kaahi feels realistic and vibrant, and I highly recommend reading this book. I ordered an ebook of it on :)
Aug 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Who can ever forget John Lenon's spectacular lyrics of Imagine? Here are the few remarkable lines:

“Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one”

John Lenon undoubtedly talks about one true thing that holds nations together- unity, which is a damn precious thing.

An anonymous author, who c
Boyko Ovcharov
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A story with a human touch!
Particularly, I liked all the descriptions of culture, art, customs and traditions, family bonds, friendship, love story, travel, leisure activities, social gatherings, societal underpinnings; things that are human indeed. Those things are somewhat omnipresent around the globe in some form or another, supposedly.
The style of the author is exquisite and immersive. The 'yarn' or the 'thread' of the story is believable and quite realistic.
On the other hand, the second par
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general
India Was One is about Jai who was from the south India and Kaahi was from the north India and this cause them to have some challenges long the way. Readers of India Was One will follow Jai and Kaahi journey and to see what happens to them.

India was One is the first book I have read of An Indian. I enjoy reading India Was One. I like the way An Indian portrayed his characters. I like the way An India includes drawings has headings to each chapter. Also, the inclusion of maps to allow the readers
Nico Genes
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Being in contact intensively with Indian people in the past months I am on a journey on finding more about the country and its people. This book surely brought me what I initially hoped for, getting to know more about the culture of India, daily life, religions, history and mentality. I do believe that one could find the same interest in reading also about the life in USA and travel through Europe from the eyes of a foreigner and especially as an Indian. The love story was pure, honest and touch ...more
Dee Arr
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
While I can’t say I was overly impressed with the first 75% of the book, the author’s efforts to inform readers unaware of his native country’s culture and charm were successful. Diverse items from university life to food to the game of cricket were explained on a very natural level. At first, I wasn’t sure about the constant Hindi writing that eventually was translated to English, but I soon became used to the interruptions and assimilated them easily into my reading flow.

The last part of the b
Peri June
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-challenge
I finished this book in two sittings, I couldn't stop reading.
To me this book is a love story. Yes, it's a love story between Jai and Kaahi, but it's also a love story about India; an ode to India, if you will.
This book was very well-researched and informative. Having never been to India, I found all the descriptions and explanations fascinating. The author takes you on a journey all over India, explaining the different traditions, languages, and religions. It is incredible to me that so many se
Jennifer Lafferty
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful and exciting love story full of action, adventure and magnificent descriptions. The book is also a wonderful opportunity to learn about the fascinating history and culture of India. Bonus there are some great illustrations.

When Jai and Kaahi return to India after several years in America they are cruelly separated by new geopolitical barriers, with Kaahi trapped in the the North of India and Jai trapped in the South. Will their love and determination to be together be strong
Linda Todd
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This story was a breath of fresh air a wonderful story I enjoyed reading this book but sorry to say it lacked some thing but I did enjoy reading it all the same I would be delighted to recommend this story to my friends. My sincere thanks to the author An Indian for the pleasure of reading this book so to all happy reading fromm me.
Those familiar with my reading tastes & my views on literature (no matter how amateurish they sound) will know that I do not hold popular fiction written by Indian authors in high regard. I mean, the disappointments I've suffered at the hands of some 'top' authors makes me apprehensive & cautious. And then once in a while, I come across books like 'India Was One' which revive my hopes that there are authors who are willing to try something beyond just college misadventures & romances.

That's not
Shaeeza Haniff
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"India Was One" is a book that asks "What if this is possible?" A very unique and novel idea from the novelist who goes by the name An Indian. Very fitting as this book was written for Indians every where by an Indian.

I am Indian by ancestry and though I have never visited Mother India, this book paints very vivid imagery of India. The author very vividly describes local foods, customs, clothing and festivals religious or not to enhance the reader's enjoyment and understanding of the story.

Hesamul Haque
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book should be reached out to every individual. A great love story and a lot to learn from!
Author, you have done a great job!
Devika Fernando
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I’ve always been fascinated by the way a country like India can be so full of innumerable states and languages and ethnicities and different cultures, and yet be “one” – so this book sounded very promising. Considering the background and its conflicts, the concept of the country being divided into South India and North India, much like South Korea and North Korea, doesn’t seem far-fetched at all and is portrayed in a shocking way that makes it even more credible.
“India was One” by An Indian is a
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘There were ten terrorists, and they came from Pakistan.’

An Indian is the author of this short book – no name is offered. He was born and raised in Mumbai, India, came to the US in 1989 to New York and currently resides in Los Angeles. His book contains illustration drawings by Darshini

This is a love story between Jai and Kaahi who grow into the mysticism of India with all the elegant traditions, most assuredly about Indian weddings as stated on the author’s website – ‘Indian Marriage is lavish.
On My Kindle BR
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

India Was One is a love story.

It is not about romantic love, even though this is included in the story; it is about love of family, friends, life, country, and culture. The story begins as Jai is hiking to a mountaintop in South India to catch a glimpse of his wife, Kaahi, in North India. In spite of the distance between them, Jai and Kaahi are able to convey their love for each other; leaving readers wondering if Jai and Kaahi wil
Dec 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
When I was asked to review this book I was a bit sceptical, not because of the book itself, but because this is totally outside of my regular reading genres. I personally hate anything with politics in it, so I felt a bit dubious.

But I either do something thoroughly, or not at all. So, having committed to the task I closed my eyes and dived in.

And what a pleasant read it was!

First we meet Jai and his friends Bunty, Subra and Punk in college in Mumbai. Then a beautiful girl, Kaahi, also joins the
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have to admit that if I was in a bookshop I would have walked straight past this book. So, when I was given the opportunity to read it, I checked out a few reviews on it and, although a little apprehensive, decided, well, why not. I thought: what do I really know about India other than the Taj Mahal, Bollywood, Imran Khan and a cracking good Vindaloo on a Friday night? Well, alright, not that little – but my point is, I don’t know much. The reviews seemed to suggest that there would be somethi ...more
I purchased this book on Amazon some time ago, and prioritized reading it due to a review request from the author.

I often discuss genre in books. India Was One straddles two genres. The first 75% is a romance dealing with the relationship of Jai and Kaahi, the two protagonists. The last 25% is a powerful thriller type plot dealing with how Jai and Kaahi are separated in a divided India. Actually, there is a sub-genre of romance called romantic thriller. This book could fit into that sub-genre. G
Anoop Pai B
Jun 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
I am giving 1 star for this book, not out of dismay but more out of anger. The author has touched upon a very fragile topic, one which is very very relevant and it is seen happening around. But instead of circulating the entire book around this, the author chose to write a lot about the life of Jai and Kaahi and their romance, their wedding planning, their vacation and so on. 75% of the book is about the couple and only the last part of the book is related to the title.
There is one thing which I
Happy Booker
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
India was one is an action adventure story written about Jai and Kaahi. It is a journey into India and a simple love between the two of which is disrupted once the country gets divided into south and the north.

I found the story to be interesting for various reasons. The initial cultural experience was, for instance, a very nice addition to the story. Not knowing much about India or the culture, the book introduced a sort of backstory for people like me, and I liked that.

The other thing interesti
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I was born and raised in Mumbai, India. I came to the US in 1989 and lived in New York. I currently reside in Los Angeles with my wife and two children.

I've written three books.

I term my first book, India Was One, as a realistic fiction, a fiction based on some real events. Find out more about it at It has a brief synopsis, various artworks used in the book, the poem used in

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“An Indian lies in the eyes of the beholder…what you choose to see.

You can travel the length and breadth of India, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Mumbai to Kolkota, and not see a single Indian. You will see Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists, etc. You will see Maharashtrians, Gujaratis, UPites, Biharis, Bengalis, Tamils, Telugus, Malayalis, etc.

Or you will see Indians.”
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