“The magic is in the words, my dear girl. When you bend one’s thoughts with words that touch the soul, they call it inspiration.”
A beautiful and heartbreaking story that examines the lives of two girls from India who were born into different social castes. There was so much emotionally charged and lyrical writing in this book that I was stopping to re-read some of the quotes and highlighted many of them. The story is told from Tara and Mukta’s alternating points of view. Tara’s point of view begins from the present with her search for Mukta and the mystery of how she was possibly responsible for her kidnapping. Mukta’s point of view begins from the past with her early childhood as the daughter of a temple prostitute, her rescue by Tara’s father and being sold back into the brothel. Through their stories, I felt like I got to know Mukta much better than Tara. While her story is tragic, Mukta’s spirit shines and her memories of her time with Tara and her family keep her strong. It was very interesting to learn about the Devdasis, the social differences in the Indian culture and the people who are trying to help. While tragic, this is a powerful book and well worth the read.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.