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A woman must travel back to India to find her son who has gone to find his father, in a village where every eight hours a farmer commits suicide in Foreign, Sonora Jha's debut novel about poverty and suicides among farmers in India.
Summary of the Book
Katya Misra's quiet academic life is turned on its head when she receives word that Kabir, her teenage son, has absconded to India to find his father, a man he's never met. Katya's rage to find him is fuelled by the fact that she hates her country. Kabir's search takes him to Vidarbha, Maharastra, a village that is plagued by an epidemic string of suicides. He finds his father at the heart of it, trying to save the farmers from their own hands and instantly he is mesmerized by the man his mother once loved. Katya rushes from Seattle to whisk Kabir away, but things don't go as she planned. A woman damages her own life to save Kabir and asks Katya to take care of her husband and see to it that he survives the epidemic. In doing so, Katya finds herself again in front of Kabir's father and begins to question her own past decisions. A story that explores the poverty plaguing India's villages, Sonora Jha's novel explodes with all the passion and colour of India.
About Sonora Jha
Sonora Jha is an Indian writer, journalist and Professor of Journalism and the Head of the Department of Communication at Seattle University.
An avid writer from childhood, her first essay was published by the Times of India when she was 18. She worked for a brief while as a journalist in Mumbai before pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Communication in the United States. She enjoys reading widely.
|Number of Pages||304 Pages|
|Authored By||Sonora Jha|
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Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar
Oct 18, 2014
Powerful and engrossingSonora Jha's novel, Foreign, is powerful, engrossing, and, might I add, very entertaining despite dealing with the serious issue of farmer suicides in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. The novel has an amazing pace right from the beginning, and nowhere does the narration lose this pace however severe a chapter might have been. Another beautiful part of this novel is the portrayal of the return of the American-Indians Katya (Americanized version of the longer name Katyayani) and Kabir. There is enough drama in their re-merging into the India that Katya had felt she had left for good, but this… (Expand)
Mar 19, 2014
Story of forgotten propleThe description of book says : "The book is a fictionalized account of the farmers suicides in contemporary India. It is set in Seattle and in Vidarbha, Maharashtra, with the two worlds tumbling together in a web of suicide, politics and betrayal."