By Jyotsna Sreenivasan
This is a novel of two Indian families who immigrate to American. The families follow the same traditions of their heritage and culture. The story focuses on the relationship of an American-born adult child from each family.
Rasika is beautiful, smart, and the pride of her parents. Abhay is also intelligent, but rebellious to not only his parents, but society in general. He feels no responsibility or ties with his parent’s traditions.
Rasika agrees to an arranged marriage but then meets Abhay. This changes everything for Rasika, as they begin a secret love affair. As their relationship grows, so does Rasika’s self-esteem and confidence.
This is a book that offers a clear glimpse into a closed culture, arranged marriages and forbidden love. It is also about two people who meet in the real world and connect in a genuine way. In spite of the odds against them, fair or not, they try to make it work.
This makes for an interesting read, from someone with knowledge of this heritage and its customs.