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A Girl and a River by Usha K. R.

Posted on: January 12, 2014

A Girl and a RiverA Girl and a River by Usha K.R.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The good read. The book is about an estranged girl trying to find her roots. Her parents have been almost silent through out her childhood. She had spent most of her time in a boarding school. She has seen incidents which aroused her curiosity. The parents trying to hide things from her further increased her curiosity.
Through some of her distant relatives and through a couple of visits to her mother’s place she pieces together her story.
The book swings between pre-independence era where a girl called Kaveri and her brother Setu are living an idyllic life with their father and their mother. The initial section of the book is a description of this life of theirs and their relatives.
The girl is married off to an important judge in the city. This proves to be a turning point in her life. She finds that the judge is already married to a Japanese lady and he has married him out of family pressure. Just before her marriage she also sees the only person whom she seems to be in awe of/in love with being shot during a patriotic meeting. Later she comes to know of the conspiracy behind his death. All this devastates her.
The girl in the post independence era, trying to find her roots, is her grand daughter. The book has a certain mystery to it, which opens up in the last few pages. Read the book to unlock the mystery of her roots.

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