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From Another Land: Making Home in the Land of Dreams

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Given the chance, would you be ready to immigrate? A majority would probably answer ‘Yes’. Yet, immigrants are looked at with either contempt or segregation and rarely compassion, in their motherland and abroad. Post the 2016 US elections, the rhetoric is further reverberating. From cancellation of refugee protection, zero tolerance, and undercurrent crackdown on H visas t ...more
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Published December 4th 2018 by Readomania
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Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Living the life of an immigrant, this book has touched my heart like no other. Tanushree Ghosh has allowed her readers to peep into the lives of those who are caught in the system of being stranger in their own home. Especially the women, who leave their home and follow their spouses (and some come on their own) and how life treats them upon their arrival here is a saga of sorrow and tears and shattered dreams in small packets. The best part I liked was the way the author was not apologetic for ...more
Ruchira Khanna
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
The stories of these characters are woven exquisitely allowing the reader to see all the shades of life: happiness, sorrow, hope, love, lust, success, suicide, and death. The author has written all her stories being unbiased, and nonjudgemental. She leaves stories with no conclusion allowing the reader to make her call on how the characters will turn around. Will Tarun come back and ask for Michelle's hand after seeking blessing from his parents? Will Meera ever get to see her husband? Will Raji ...more
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
First, when I picked up this book I just couldn't read beyond a few pages. Second time too same thing happened and I thought I won't be able to finish this book. Then I had to take a break from reading due to personal reasons. I have heard people say third time is lucky time. So with a clear mind and with no opinionated views in my mind, I started reading this book from start and I must say I absolutely loved it.

Though From An-Other Land is a hard read when compared to light-hearted romance or f
Manjul Bajaj
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

From An-Other Land by Tanushree Ghosh is a collection of interconnected short stories centred on the darker side of chasing the American dream, as experienced by immigrants from India. Ghosh sets up a smorgasbord of characters and situations to explore the themes of loneliness, alienation, racial prejudice etc that cast a shadow on the lives of people who are drawn to the US of A in search of opportunities, freedom and the chance to live better lives.

The sincerity and earnest desire o
Suzanne Strong
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Poignant and well written

This short story collection is a touching, poignant portrayal of the reasons and experiences of people immigrating to the USA. The stories are profoundly deep and personal and they allow an insight into the emotions, conflict and obstacles that occur when immigrating to another land. Particularly, relevant these days with much unfounded hatred of the “other”, Ghosh provides an internal exploration of the courage and strength of these characters who choose to push through
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are stories I love and there are stories I don't love. Then there is a compilation of stories like in this book where I didn't like them necessarily but then they had the power to delve into the deep recesses of my mind and heart and that's what made me like this collection and that's the reason for the five stars.....

With that reason out of the way....I get into the things I liked and the ones I didn't like.....

The book cover is good trying to portray the underlying message of the book. T
Piyusha Vir
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A collection of short stories, each one of which will strike you as familiar in some way or the other. The experiences and feelings of being isolated and out of place come forth through these stories and offer a startling reality of what it means to be an immigrant. Whether you moved countries or cities, whether you moved for love or work, whether of your own choice or because circumstances forced it upon you - these feelings of being ripped away from the comforts of a familiar world are sure to ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it

‘Desperation is as apparent as delight, and arguments and abuses can be heard aplenty as they stand, sweating and fretting, nervous and impatient, on their way to becoming Americans.’ Tanushree Ghosh’s, From An-Other Land, a collection of short stories, sets the tone of the book in the first chapter- ‘The Line’
US based writer, and a social activist, Ghosh paints an evocative tale of everyday immigrant life– their trials, travails and jubilations- in America. The author’s assertion, ‘We need to r
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May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Short stories that are intense and mesh into a story. Lives intertwined in the USA, so far from their own country yet so close, almost like a physical yearning. From Another Land: Making Home in the Land of Dreams has fifteen stories and the author has very skilfully added a beginning and an end to the stories where all the characters are introduced while going to catch their flight. She set the tone of the book with the beginning and it makes an easy read since we are aware that all stories wil ...more
Angela Thompson
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The author shares a great deal in her short stories. The author writes with an easy to read, conversational writing style that pulls readers easily into each of her stories. While the stories are short, the author makes excellent use of every word to appeal to readers' senses and emotions. She offers keen insights into the human side of immigration as her characters share motivations, struggles, challenges, losses and hopes with readers.

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Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book was written in a number of short stories, each focusing on a different individual. I absolutely love how they all began together at the airport, each taking in the other travelers, and then separately told each story. I’m not usually a fan of short stories (especially as short as some of these seemed) because it doesn’t generally give time for the characters to be developed enough for me to feel connected to them at all. Short stories don’t tend to make me feel emotionally invested. I d ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love immigrant stories, hence the reason I wanted to read this book. Tanushree Ghosh has written a variety of short stories under the theme of immigration from India to the United States. Each story drew me in immediately with compelling characters, unique situations and the challenges of bicultural identities. Well-written and insightful, From An-Other Land gives the reader an intimate look at the Indian culture and immigration through the lens of an author who herself immigrated but fourteen ...more
Ayan Pal
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the stunning cover, to the tales that lie between the covers, this is without a doubt an exceptional piece of writing which is alluring, emotional, and well as hard-hitting.

Not surprisingly, the brainchild of an immigrant herself that takes on a whole new level of relevance today, when there there are multiple movements across the world, for and against the policies about immigrants.

With the Indian Parliament having passed the CAB Bill, I urge readers to read this book for an in-depth analy
Ruby Zhang
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
America is a land of opportunity. That is why so many immigrants want to realize their American Dreams there. Indians are no exception. From An-other Land by Tanushree Ghosh is a compelling book about immigrants from India to the US. The author portrays the real life of these immigrants in short stories. As a careful observer and skilled writer, she dives deeply into the inner world of varied characters, explores the bicultural identity of them and cleverly knits them in the first and last chapt ...more
Yuva Ranjini
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was a bit puzzled reading the blurb of this book initially. As it was challenging enough to understand it. I opt for this book to try. While running through a few pages it was difficult to catch up on with.
Let me start by quickly saying how much I like this book and has amazing diversity. This book has 15 short stories with different chronicles of a human. And the characters have both strong and flawed equivocally well with the tones of real and faux.
I like the way how the author has outpour
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
As soon as I got the book, I started reading as I was so intrigued by the subject matter.

It has a beautiful narration and what I enjoyed the most was the author's description... on the smallest details in a particular scene. The lines carried a sense of humor as well as a huge mass of emotions that will surely convey the author's sentiments to the readers. Overall, it was an interesting read.
Dhawal Joshi
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
This book has overall a serious tone which at times gets gloomy. Its more of a myth debunking read than entertaining read. If you think just think that changing your country is one step solution to all worldly problems then you should read the book.

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