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Namita Gokhale ↠ 0 Summary Things to leave behind Download ✓ 0 Of the mixed legacy of British Indian past Full of the fascinating backstory of Naineetal and its unwilling entry into Indian history throwing a shining light on the elemental confusion of caste creed and culture illuminated with painstaking detail here is a fascinating historical epic and Namita Gokhale’s most ambitious novel y. Set in the middle of the nineteenth century in Kumaon Namita Gokhale captures with a lilting melody in her prose the almost poetic and slow paced life in the mountains the social s the deep rooted beliefs and the way of life that was disrupted when the British arrived in Naineetal Through Tillie Deoki and Rosemary we catch a glimpse of what might have been everyday life back then

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Namita Gokhale ↠ 0 Summary Things to leave behind Download ✓ 0 R Mall Road for Europeans and their horses and Lower Mall Road ‘for dogs servants and other Indians’ And this is the story of feisty young Tilottama Dutt whose uncle hangs when he protests the reigning order and her daughter Deoki who will confront change as Indians and as women Things to Leave Behind brings alive the romance. I m very glad that I picked up this book randomly at the airport As someone who grew up in the Himalayan hills this book felt like a piece of home I carried with me when traveling so far away from home I am always longing to read good historical fiction written by Indian authors to get a vision of times past and the lives my ancestors might have lived This novel is well researched and well written It really does transport you to the Kumaon hills in the British raj The matters of cast religion nationalism are all discussed delicately through the varied view points of various characters I am surprised to see so few ratings here this book definitely deserves to be read by people The book has it s flaws I particularly felt that the steady rhythm of story gets a bit lost in the last uarter or so of the book where too many things start happening too uickly And over the course of the book some characters and their plotlines fail to find their place in the bigger picture Hence a 45 rating instead of a 55 I would still recommend this book highly and would be on the lookout for other works by Namita Gokhale We are always in a need of and better Indian authors

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Namita Gokhale ↠ 0 Summary Things to leave behind Download ✓ 0 A rich panoramic historical novel shows you Kumaon and the Raj as you have never seen themIt is 1856 in picturesue Kumaon History has already begun its steady march Six native women clad in black and scarlet pichauras huddle around Naineetal Lake attempting to cleanse it of threatening new influences For these are the days of Uppe. As published on The Reading Owl There are books that you read cover to cover in one sitting because the build up is so strong Then there are others that flow like a stream sometimes steady and sometimes with a rush impossible to stem Things to leave behind is a type of latter and felt as timeless as itHistorical FictionThe story is set in the India of 1800s East India Company is expanding its root in the Indian subcontinent Britishers are everywhere They have become a new class set apart from the highest of castes in India Among them are some who are trying to unravel the secrets the hills of India hold During one of his expeditions P Barron discovers the hidden sanctuary of Naini Tal So far only worshipped it becomes a new station for the Britishers to reposeFierce Woman ProtagonistSet in and around this scenic town this is the tale of Tilottama She is an orphan raised by her aunt and uncle In the first part we see her getting married enjoying the new found freedom growing detached from her husband striving to get educated giving birth to her daughter Deoki and becoming and eccentricI loved Tilo s character Her fierceness her unabashed abhorrence of Brahmin customs her zeal to learn and to know had me admiring her even she failed in her homely duties Namita Gokhale has created a character far beyond the time the book is set in I related to her when she would plan a million things she could not execute for the society if tolerant only to a level Her indifference to her husband s absence proved her self reliance I found her an enigmatic personality until the very endBounding over time and placesThe book starts slow with a lot of information on historical unrelated events but once the character introductions are in place and the pace is set it goes on beautifullyThe story here takes a time leap and introduce us to the next generation To the confident Jayesh to lovely Deoki and to pious Rosemary The threads of their lives are deeply entangled with each other and dyed in colors of wanting longing and unreuited love Circumstances find them all living under the same roof of Eden Ashram a uite sanatorium set beside the green waters of Panna Lake The dynamics of this awkward trio changes with the appearance of William Dempster a painter at the AshramCaste StruggleNamita Gokhale has documented here many customs followed by Brahmin families of those times The cleansing rituals using cow urine the segregation of kitchen area from the rest of the house the rules to be followed while cooking the inhibition that women could not roam in the markets attempts to even be away from shadows of those belonging to the lower caste all show us the divide present in Indian society It was a matter of pride to be double born Brahmin and the story kind of tries to put into perspective that it is okay to not be all pious In the end it is family and relationships that matterWomen of 1800sThrough Tilo s and Deoki s life Namrata has also tried to put forward the duplicity of Indian society where men are allowed to transgress and even have affairs but the ignored lonely women are shamed for even looking at an unknown manComing to Rosemary I don t know how to describe her character However I believe these lines from the book give a perfect description Rosemary on the other hand struck him as a manifestation of negative space essential to the composition of the dynamics around her Her passivity repelled him but he could not but appreciate her gentle yet stubborn goodness SpiritualismThere is another aspect of the book that I found confusing to comprehend There is a smattering of spiritual realism Some incidents are left unexplained and attributed to some mystical powers I don t understand if these are written that way to describe the world of those times or if the author believed them to be trueRecommendationThis is the perfect book with a laid back story to enjoy on peaceful days You can forget yourself in the hills of Kumaon and enjoy the lakes and forests with the characters I have this strong desire to travel to those hills and visit the Tals to experience the beauty described first hand I loved reading the book Highly recommended


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    [Things to leave behind] Kindle ¶ Namita Gokhale Based in hills of kumaon and spanning three generations of Indians and their British rulers it should have been pleasantly enjoyable Instead it managed to irk me by meandering aimlessly A description would commence and then be left

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    Free download Ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Namita Gokhale [Things to leave behind] Kindle ¶ Namita Gokhale Namita Gokhale ↠ 0 Summary As published on The Reading Owl There are books that you read cover to cover in one sitting because the build up is so strong Then there are others that flow like a stream sometimes steady and sometimes with a rush impossib

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    Namita Gokhale ↠ 0 Summary Free download Ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Namita Gokhale [Things to leave behind] Kindle ¶ Namita Gokhale The book will not move you to tears It will take time leaps in a matter of few paragraphs and the characters would not seek your sympathy That said it is a well written book that perfectly records the times of British Raj The caste system and its perils the interactions between the goras and the natives the condition of women in

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    [Things to leave behind] Kindle ¶ Namita Gokhale The story revolves around multiple characters residing in the picturesue Kumaon region of India It starts off from 1856 and pans out

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    [Things to leave behind] Kindle ¶ Namita Gokhale I'm very glad that I picked up this book randomly at the airport As someone who grew up in the Himalayan hills this book felt like a piece of home I carried with me when traveling so far away from home I am always longing to read good historical fiction written by Indian authors to get a vision of times past and the lives my ancestors might h

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    [Things to leave behind] Kindle ¶ Namita Gokhale It was good reading this book that spans across generations set in the hills in the Raj just after the mutiny I struggled to understand who the book is about or why I should remember any detail related to how ppl are introduced etc because the plot didn't need to me tie down any relationships between protagonists It was an enjoyable read good literature and an easy tone I loved some female characters who dared to go beyond their limits set

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    review Things to leave behind [Things to leave behind] Kindle ¶ Namita Gokhale Free download Ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Namita Gokhale Set in the middle of the nineteenth century in Kumaon Namita Gokhale captures with a lilting melody in her prose the almost poetic and slow paced life in the mountains the social s the deep rooted beliefs and the

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    [Things to leave behind] Kindle ¶ Namita Gokhale Free download Ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Namita Gokhale review Things to leave behind A story based in Kumaonduring British era of superstitions the rigid caste divide of strong women who try to rebel within

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    review Things to leave behind Free download Ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Namita Gokhale Namita Gokhale ↠ 0 Summary I enjoyed her descriptions of India and learning about how tightly wound cast traditions wereare but i found parts of the story where

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