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Awakening Kali

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  16 reviews
It's the 1930s. A small house in Bengal houses a shadow. Chhaya is the youngest daughter in a family that doesn't want her. Shunned for her gender and dark skin, she has no choice but to conceal her feelings. Imprison herself. Shackle herself into a life that has no proper outlet for emotion, whether it be sadness, joy, or unrepentant rage.

An unexpected marriage to a
Paperback, 216 pages
Published January 7th 2016 by Zharmae Publishing Press, L.L.C., The
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Elle Rochelle
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I definitely was not expecting the story that I read. I guess I was expecting more influence of the supernatural. I felt suckered in at first, only because I read to escape. I don't tend to deal with deep themes in my reading. My background is in social work and law. I work with many mentally ill people.

I'm glad that I was mistaken about the story and stuck with it. Never before had I read a work of fiction that so beautifully pulled you into the world of not only the person with the illness but
Disclaimer: I got a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

See my review on my blog.

From the description, I thought Awakening Kali would place me in a fantastical / magical / supernatural story where a young women was cursed by the God Kali and would have to overcome trials and tribulations. While that was correct in some respects, in others my assessment was about mostly wrong. While the curse of Kali frames the story, the journey of Chhaya and her family goes much
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Full review on the Brown Books and Green Tea Blog:

For long minutes, I sat in front of my computer, trying to come up with a hook that would make y'all immediately buy this book. Finally, I decided to let it sell itself. Because Awakening Kali is that good; it doesn't need me to do anything but relay its message.

In the short prologue, Awakening Kali begins with a lesson of sorts. Author T.S. Ghosh walks readers through the legend of Kali, the mighty Hindu
Piper Pierre
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A truly thought-provoking read…

Rarely does a book stay with me as long as this one has. It's been over a week since I've finished and I can't seem to forget it. It's more than just a book with colorful characters and vivid descriptions of a different culture and different time. This is a book that challenges you with raw emotion, forces you to face the stark realities of topics like mental illness, gender inequality, and discrimination. But no matter how difficult the subject matter gets, the
Bulu Mitra
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book draws you in - quietly at first - with rich descriptions of a time and place you've probably never been in. And then suddenly it explodes - into a startling depiction of mental illness that is so riveting you can't put the book down. This book is a quick read that I found myself wishing it was longer. The characters and the extraordinary story will certainly stay with me for a while.
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Awakening Kali is set in the 1900s in Bengal and opens with the myth of the Indian goddess Kali, who savors the taste of the demon blood she has consumed and dances a primal victory dance of destruction until she realizes that she may have destroyed something she loves.

Fast forward to quite a different world in 1937: one in which Kali slumbers and her wrath has left the world. In this world, Chhaya is the youngest daughter in a family that doesn't want her, and she finds a new beginning in life
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful and haunting novel that explores the impact of mental illness on motherhood and family. It also examines the role that culture plays in mental illness. Set in India during the 1940's and 50's, the author draws you into the world of shy, stoic Chhaya, a dark-skinned, unwanted fourth daughter in a place that values sons. There are clues that there is something different about Chhaya - she internalizes pain and directs it towards herself in a way that doesn't seem quite healthy. Soon ...more
Tisha Havens
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure what I expected of this novel when I started- certainly not the incredible, rich, vibrant world that it pulled me into.
I finished it in one sitting-- too deep in the colorful world and characters to put it down. Some piece of my head will certainly remain in that world, and in the heads of it's main characters, for the next couple days at least.

Beautifully written, well edited, definitely a gem.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First novel by an Indian-American physician. Based on a true story about her grandmother. Really amazing visuals about life in India and the struggles that women face . I highly recommend this book.
Tony Parsons
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Timeline 1940-1990.
Arun (m, Gan Guha’s personal secretary) is getting married to Chhaya (f, aka Abha, narrator).
Fast forward the 2 have Niren (male baby, 4).
Arun works in Calcutta & misses his family.

The Japanese later bombed Calcutta.
The couple now have a younger male child Meena.
Later on Chhaya & the 2 children would move to Gobar Danga (city).
Now add another 1 to the family Shobha (daughter, student).
Shobha was missing & Detective Bhupesh C. Bose was doing the investigation.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

In Awakening Kali, Ghosh relates the story of a woman named Chhaya who struggles with mental illness. She is mistreated by her family in her early life, not only because she is a girl, and therefore a burden, but also because she is stick thin and has skin darker than any of her sisters. When she is married to Arun, however, she discovers that he genuinely respects and loves her, and begins to come out of the
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Cheryl by: goodread
The book begins when Chhaya is 13 she is born at a time and in to a society where girls are considered a burden. Treated badly by her family, even her older sisters she has no hope for a better future. Her arranged marriage turns her world around finding a man who is deeply in love with her they start a happy life together. Troubled times and old insecurities bring out a rage in her and when she breaks a statue of Kali she feels cursed and sinks into mental illness. In and out of madness in the ...more
Michael Mardel
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Awakening Kali by Ghosh is the story of an Indian woman who is verbally abused by her family because she is darker than the rest of them. Chhaya is jealous of her brothers but when it comes to her own daughters, she heaps praise on her sons.
She meets a wonderful man, Arun, who is supportive of her, even when Chhaya has a mental breakdown. This is manifested in an obsessive-compulsive disorder of washing with 100 buckets of water and its consequences. Lots of remedies are sought but they are
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Corrie Carpenter
Great debut novel! Interesting topic and setting. Actually ended up looking up and learning more about time period and geography. Tackled a really tough topic, mental health. Really enjoyed!
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I was born to immigrant parents in Western New York and raised on chai, curry, mac 'n' cheese, and vacations that alternated between the Great Lakes and the sweltering heat of Kolkata, India. Growing up, I was always encouraged to explore creative activities - dance, music, theater, and writing. But I never really imagined writing a novel until I felt compelled to write one - after a dream.

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