Skip to main content

Book Review: The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi


In 1986 India, Mukta is a ten-year-old girl who was born into a long line of temple prostitutes. Tara is 8 years old, living in Bombay with her parents. In an attempt to save Mukta from her destiny, Tara's father brings her to stay with them and the two girls form a strong friendship. But in 1993, Mukta is kidnapped from their home. Tara believes her to be dead, but 11 years later she learns that Mukta is alive, and she begins her search for her friend.

The Color of our Sky: A novel set in India by Amita Trasi is a heartbreaking story of two girls whose lives are on divergent courses, yet their connection is never broken. The novel is told in the alternating voices of Mukta and Tara, each girl telling a bit of the story of their relationship when they were together and their experiences since the kidnapping. I personally enjoyed both stories, although Mukta's life, while sad and horrifying at times, was more interesting from a reader's perspective.

It's an emotional novel that reveals details of the Devdasi tradition in which young girls are "married" to a temple and become prostitutes for upper-caste men in the community. What makes this a more difficult read is that this is not a historical novel. This practice continues today in some areas of India. The physical and emotional abuse that Mukta and the real women who inspired this story face every day is heartwrenching.

I highly recommend The Color of our Sky to anyone who enjoys an emotionally charged book that opens your eyes to another world and makes you think. Themes of friendship, family, tradition and human rights make this an excellent selection for book clubs as well.

My rating: 5/5

Read the story behind the book

This review was based on a copy of The Color of Our Sky that I received from Pump Up Your Book in exchange for an honest review. This post includes Amazon Affiliate links. If you purchase something using my link, I will receive a very small commission but your price does not change.

Comments

  1. Oooh def putting this on my to read list

    ReplyDelete
  2. I always appreciate book reviews. It gives me more insight into the book. Have a great week.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I always read reviews before decided whether to read a book.

      Delete
  3. Hi Julie! I'm stopping by the posts of everyone who signed up just to double check. I've been busy with the last days of an out of town guest visiting so I'm really behind on visiting blogs. Hope you are indeed with us and are enjoying the read-a-thon. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ack! Totally forgot. But luckily it's a flexible readathon so I'll start reading tonight!!!

      Delete
  4. I hadn't heard of this one yet. It sounds good but tough to read emotionally. Thanks for the review and for posting it on the Big Book Summer Challenge!

    Sue

    2015 Big Book Summer Challenge

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Popular posts from this blog

Banned Books Week: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

This is the end of Banned Books Week and unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of time to write about banned books this year. But I did want to include at least one post about it, so today I wanted to share one of the book series that it seems most people are surprised to find on the list: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park.

According to Wikipedia:
The Junie B. Jones series came in at #71 on the American Library Association's list of the Top 100 Banned or Challenged Books from 2000-2009. Reasons cited are poor social values taught by the books and Junie B. Jones not being considered a good role model due to her mouthiness and bad spelling/grammar. This is an interesting example of a banned book. Many times there are serious, controversial topics featured in books that are challenged. Things like homosexuality, drugs, vulgar language, etc. You can actually understand why people may not want their children to read those books, and why they may challenge their inclusion in school libra…

April Reading Review

Where exactly did April go? I swear it was just the middle of March and now it's May. Once again, I'm going to provide a quick review of each of the books I read last month. For the last two weeks of the month, I participated in the Spring Into Horror Readathon hosted by Michelle at Seasons of Reading. The only rule was that you had to read at least one book that was horror, thriller, etc. I read one book that qualified. With the exception of the first book in my list, the books I mention below were read during the readathon


My book club's May selection was Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. I had started reading this nonfiction book about the author's work representing men, women and children who were on death row in March but finished the book in April. This is an eye-opening story that everyone at my book club discussion agreed should be required reading for law schools and police officers and even legislators who are making the laws related to judgements. I learned to…

Book Review: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

Title: The Darkest Corners
Author: Kara Thomas
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Published: May 9, 2017
Format: Paperback
Source: Random House Children's Books
Buy on Amazon (affiliate link)


Tessa Lowell left Fayette, Pennsylvania, when she was just 9 years old, moving to Florida with her grandmother. Now she's a recent high school graduate and heading back to town to say goodbye to her dying father. With no family in town anymore, Tessa stays with the family of her former friend Callie, which is pretty awkward since she and Callie haven't spoken since they were little. Being with Callie also brings up questions that Tessa has held onto for the years since she's been gone. Questions about the testimony the young girls gave that sent a man to death row. 

I don't read many young adult novels, but The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas was touted as "the next twisted psychological thriller," so I decided to give it a try... and I'm glad I did. While the story moves r…