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India, 1986: Mukta, a ten-year-old girl from the lower caste Yellamma cult of temple prostitutes has come of age to fulfill her destiny of becoming a temple pros ...more
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In the late 1980's Mutka's realizes that her caste in life has led her to be dedicated to Yellamma and become a temple prostitute, her Amma is sick and her father is pretty unknown. Her Amma had told her that he was a rich and powerful man but he will never claim a prostitute's daughter as his.
Mutka ends up being rescued and taken back to Bombay to live with a foster fami ...more
There are alternating chapters narrated by Tara and Mukta and each section begins with a thought from each of them. These were especially telling of what was in their hearts and minds .
"It took me most of ...more
3.5 Stars rounded up for the prettiest cover I've seen so far this year.
“The only way we can rectify our mistakes is to try and undo the wrong we have done.”
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Do you ever actively search for something that you know will bring you down? It’s been raining here for like 74 years and The Color of Our Sky looked like it might be a winner in the “No, I Don’t Have Seasonal Affective Disorder, I Just R ...more
When I picked up this book, admittedly because of its beautiful cover, I never expected the inside to match the outside. This book really touched me and I found myself extremely invested in the characters and the story. The characters are so complex, yet so relatable. Mukta broke my heart.
It was very hard to read about the subject of the Devadasi's, since this barbaric tradition is still alive and well today. I haven't marathoned a book in a long time but I simply could not put it down. The wri ...more
*** Actual rating: 3.5 ***
This is one of those books which leave me with very mixed feelings. To be honest, I considered giving it 3 stars instead of 4, but I'm feeling generous today.
The good sides:
1. It's touching and sad. I'm not saying that a sad book or a character's sad story is a good thing, but if a book is able to influence you in any way, it's a good thing. I know, because I've had my fair share of books for which I really didn't give a damn.
2. The cha ...more
Solid writing, important topic, strong family drama and a dash of ...more
“We are like the datura flowers that unfurl at night — intoxicating, blossoming in the dark, wilting away at dawn.”
This book's prose is stunning. It really is. As a debut, I was impressed by the particular beauty of the writing. Yet, some things in the novel itself were too predictable, and this was why I couldn't give it five full stars.
What irked me is that some things are way too similar to The Kite Runner, written by Khaled Hosseini. It didn't last too long, but when I read those part ...more
“There must be something about pain, about the way it touches you so deeply that sometimes you never get back to being the person you once were.”
After 11 years away Tara travels back to India, to search for a young girl, Mukta, who was kidnapped while staying with Tara’s family. Tara not only has to face her own guilt and demons from the past, but she must unravel family secrets that she might have preferred to leave alone ...more
This is by far the best book I have read in a very long time. The story is so beautifully written and the story is absolutely heartbreaking. This one is going to haunt me for awhile.
The closest I've ever been to India was Germany. That is, not close at all. Still, I know that India has an extremely rich cultural tradition. I also know that, sometimes, this very same cultural tradition is translated into misery and suffering. For instance, the castes. Labeling someone as untouchable is just so wrong to my Westernized eyes.
And here, the author portrays another tr ...more
We meet head on the caste system that is prevalent in India to this day, and once born your assignment does not change. Thinking of my relationship with my sister’s and how easy my life has been in contrast to what this story portrays and the utter disappointment with your lot.
I had a c ...more
Mukta is the child of a prostitute and expected to follow in her mother’s footsteps. At 12 years old her grandmother forcefully introduces to life as a sex slave. Mukta's grandmother believes that being a Devdasi, a servant of God is a lifelong traditi ...more
Thank you to Bloomhill Books for providing me a digital review copy. This does not affect my review in any way.
The Color of Our Sky is the perfect example of a book with a gorgeous cover and an even more beautiful story. Yes, I was lured by the gorgeous cover but I'm very happy I requested this book on NetGalley. This is one of the best books I've read in 2015, I swear.
First of all, I fear that my review for this book will not live up to the greatness of The Color...more
When a story can be so profoundly difficult that it has me both upset and ecstatic at the same time, I call it a success. The Color of our Sky is a study about the concept of the caste system in India, of how much that system dictates the road people's lives t ...more
A strange kinship develops between the two girls while Mukta holds out hope that one day her sky will be bright again, but the tentative happiness does not last. Mukta is kidnapped, and sold to a brothel. Through other girls she quickly learns her fate, ...more
The story is a bit sad as it takes you into the world of human trafficking and child prostitution. I found Tara to be quite bratty and I am un ...more
A book full of injustices. Crimes against women. brutal and at times fatal force, kidnapping, and women trapped in prostitution brothels. Searches for loved ones and huge efforts to survive and learn about the womens pasts formed a good portion of this novel. Sadness oozed from some of the scenerios, but the strengths of the women managed to leave you wondering what eventually became of their lives.
A great book.
There are stories that entertain and there are stories that challenge the reader and spur him into action. The Color of our Sky, for me, falls into the latter category.
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It is a very sad story and one that is still happening there even though it is against the law but if that law is not looked after, people are very superstitious and will not learn to do it another way. Especially when they are all so poor and there is no support.
The word devadasi literally translates to “god’s female servant.” Parents usually choose to dedicate their daughters as infants to the godde ...more
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