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Things to leave behind

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A rich, panoramic historical novel shows you Kumaon and the Raj as you have never seen them.

It is 1856, in picturesque Kumaon. History has already begun its steady march. Six native women clad in black and scarlet pichauras huddle around Naineetal Lake, attempting to cleanse it of threatening new influences. For, these are the days of Upper Mall Road (for Europeans and
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 28th 2016
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Based in hills of kumaon and spanning three generations of Indians and their British rulers it should have been pleasantly enjoyable. Instead it managed to irk me by meandering aimlessly. A description would commence and then be left abruptly with no correlation to the story. There are puerile repetitions and stereotypical simplifications. There is no story as such, however book talks of a royal physician, his wife, his nephew, nephew's wife, nephew's crush who is British, wife's mother and ...more
Neha Garg (thereadingowl_)
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There are books that you read cover to cover in one sitting because the build-up is so strong. Then there are others that flow like a stream, sometimes steady and sometimes with a rush impossible to stem. Things to leave behind is a type of latter and felt as timeless as it.

Historical Fiction:

The story is set in the India of 1800s. East India Company is expanding its root in the Indian subcontinent. Britishers are everywhere. They have become a new class set
Abhyudaya Shrivastava
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book will not move you to tears. It will take time leaps in a matter of few paragraphs and the characters would not seek your sympathy. That said, it is a well written book that perfectly records the times of British Raj.

The caste system and its perils, the interactions between the goras and the natives, the condition of women in those times, the Indian freedom struggle, modern medicine against Ayurveda: all the above topics have been chronicled in the book. It takes you to that era and
Richa Bhattarai
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
सवचछनद र निसफिकरी जीवन बिताउने चाहना राखने एक किशोरी

नाम : तिलोततमा उपरेती
सथान : भारतनेपालको सीमावरती कुमाउँ कषेतर

समय : उननाइसौँ शताबदीको उततरादरध

लेखक, परकाशक र साहितयिक महोतसवहरूकी निरदेशक नमिता गोखलेको उपनयास थिङस टू लिभ बिहाइनड (बिरसन परने कुराहरू)की यी पातर आफूले बिताइरहेको समयभनदा धेरै अगाडि जनमिएझैँ लागछ र, आफना साथीसँगीभनदा निकै फरक पनि यिनै तिलोततमाको जीवनसँग जोडिएर आउने भारतीय, नेपाली र अंगरेज पातरहरूसँगै अघि बढदै गएको यो उपनयासले अनतत: तयो समयको समगर शासन

वयवसथा र सामाजिक पृष
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I'm very glad that I picked up this book randomly at the airport. As someone who grew up in the Himalayan hills, this book felt like a piece of home I carried with me when traveling so far away from home. I am always longing to read good historical fiction written by Indian authors, to get a vision of times past, and the lives my ancestors might have lived. This novel is well researched and well written. It really does transport you to the Kumaon hills in the British raj. The matters of cast, ...more
It was good reading this book that spans across generations set in the hills in the Raj just after the mutiny. I struggled to understand who the book is about or why I should remember any detail related to how ppl are introduced etc because the plot didn't need to me tie down any relationships between protagonists.
It was an enjoyable read, good literature and an easy tone. I loved some female characters who dared to go beyond their limits set by the society back then.

I'd recommend one to read
Jazz Singh
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Set in the middle of the nineteenth century in Kumaon, Namita Gokhale captures with a lilting melody in her prose the almost poetic and slow-paced life in the mountains, the social mores, the deep-rooted beliefs and the way of life that was disrupted when the British arrived in Naineetal. Through Tillie, Deoki and Rosemary, we catch a glimpse of what might have been everyday life back then.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story based in Kumaon,during British era, of superstitions, the rigid caste divide, of strong women who try to rebel within the possible confines of their lives.I loved the way the story was written, a nice refreshing read!
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I really liked the meandering style, and it did seem to give a rare glimpse of the hills. But the ending went a little too awry for me. And Rosemary was insufferable!
Deepa Agarwal
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Some books seem to evolve so seamlessly from their setting that the reader is immediately drawn in. Things to Leave Behind is one such. Perhaps, as a native of Kumaon, who is close to the world of the novel, this aspect affected me more strongly. Yet, it is hard to decide which facet of this book is most captivatingthe enchanting landscape of Kumaon, its indomitable women or the extraordinary train of events both real and imagined, which mesh together to weave a
Savi Mull
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Poignant story of strong charactered women across generations during the British rule and Independence in India. Based in Kumaon hills, the story enraptures you and weaves lives together with path breaking moves by women in a time ridden with caste-ism and strict social norms! A much needed, and different read.
Sujeev Shakya
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
amazing read.
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Loved the description of Kumaon and the development of the characters. However, I felt the plot was disjointed making it hard to follow.
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