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The Color of Our Sky
The Color of Our Sky: A Novel | Amita Trasi
In the spirit of Khaled Hosseini, Nadia Hashimi and Shilpi Somaya Gowda comes this powerful debut from a talented new voicea sweeping, emotional journey of two childhood friends in Mumbai, India, whose lives converge only to change forever one fateful night. India, 1986: Mukta, a ten-year-old village girl from the lower caste Yellama cult has come of age and must fulfill her destiny of becoming a temple prostitute, as her mother and grandmother did before her. In an attempt to escape her fate, Mukta is sent to be a house girl for an upper-middle class family in Mumbai. There she discovers a friend in the daughter of the family, high spirited eight-year-old Tara, who helps her recover from the wounds of her past. Tara introduces Mukta to an entirely different worldone of ice cream, reading, and a friendship that soon becomes a sisterhood. But one night in 1993, Mukta is kidnapped from Taras family home and disappears. Shortly thereafter, Tara and her father move to America. A new life in Los Angeles awaits them but Tara never recovers from the loss of her best friend, or stops wondering if she was somehow responsible for Mukta's abduction. Eleven years later, Tara, now an adult, returns to India determined to find Mukta. As her search takes her into the brutal underground world of human trafficking, Tara begins to uncover long-buried secrets in her own family that might explain what happened to Muktaand why she came to live with Taras family in the first place. Moving from a traditional Indian village to the bustling modern metropolis of Mumbai, to Los Angeles and back again, this is a heartbreaking and beautiful portrait of an unlikely friendshipa story of love, betrayal, and, ultimately, redemption.
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sailu112
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Such a beautiful book with what every family has - lots of love and some hidden lies. Love how the book unfolds and Tara and Mukta evolve as the times change.

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la_rose_noire
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Although Mukta is from a lower-cast and Tara is an from an upper-middle-class family, they become very important for one another. Until one night, 15-year-old Mukta is kidnapped from Tara's home. After her dad passed away, Tara realizes her dad had been looking for Mukta all his life and decides to pursue her dad's search for Mukta. #india #caste #friendship #amitatrasi

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la_rose_noire
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Spring break = a lot of reading time 🙌 Starting my 3rd novel this week. #india #springbreak #amitatrasi #currentlyreading #friendship

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KHartbooks
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Really enjoyed the story and the narrator

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shena
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I really enjoyed this book. It takes place in modern times and shares about the lives of two young girls, one born into a loving family, the other born into sex trafficking. The two girls come together, go through grief, and think about what their lives could be like.

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DebinHawaii
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#IndianIndependenceDay
Mahalo @MoonWitch94 for the tag! 🤗

1️⃣ One of my more recent favorites—a tough read but a good one! 💙

2️⃣ Yes! Quite a few. Favorites include Shilpi Gomaya Gowda, Amulya Malladi, Jhumpa Lahiri & Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (Hope I got all of those spelled correctly!) 🙏🏼

3️⃣ I love it & cook it myself frequently-mostly curries & dals & buy yummy samosas at my local Indian Market.😋

Tag yourself if you want to play!

MoonWitch94 You‘re welcome! Ohhh I just love Samosas! 2y
Blackink_WhitePaper Thanks for playing 💐😊👍 2y
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CampbellTaraL
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This took me awhile to read due to the heavy content. It's hard to check your cultural bias, to have empathy for the views people hold, especially when it comes to the awful things the powerless are subjected to. While this is fiction, the story is built on facts and events that have occurred, and are still occurring today.

The writing itself is a little choppy but the story itself carries it well.

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huntersmom1977
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I absolutely loved this book. Main focus was how girls as young as 8 are sold into the sex industry and brothels in certain parts of India. Reality is that it‘s happening in our very own communities, regardless of where you live.😔
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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arattyreads
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OMGOODNESS! You guys ! This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It is written so beautifully and is just a very special one but beware because it is also gut wrenching so make sure you have lots of Kleenex

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TamarackTrail
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I picked this little gem up from my #littlelendinglibrary around the corner. I love this genre of fiction where the author relates an element of reality from their own lives and builds a plausible story from it. It reads like a true story and I like that effect.

This was a first novel from this author and it was a job well done.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Out of 5️⃣

StephanieMarie Glad to hear you enjoyed it, this is on my TBR shelf at home! 4y
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brittanythebookdragon
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This book completely broke my heart and kept it in pieces but it was absolutely amazing. It really brings to light cultural differences and the way that some things absolutely horrendous to one culture are more commonplace elsewhere. I will be thinking about Mukta for days to come. She‘s probably one of my all time favorite characters.

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GirlWellRead
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For fans of Khaled Hosseini, Nadia Hashimi, and Shilpi Somaya Gowda, you will not be disappointed that you picked up this book, you will be disappointed when you finish it.

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MuddyPuddle
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Shifting back-and-forth between the past and the present, and told from the points of view of two young women whose lives and destinies are entwined, The Color of our Sky paints a picture of contemporary Bombay that is fascinating, illuminating, and incredibly sad.

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Wife
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I got this in a Once Upon a Bookclub subscription box months ago. I like the fun concept of opening items as I read, but the “gifts” were poor quality and never anything that I wanted to keep. So it‘s just been sitting around until now. I‘ve replaced the items in packages and am wondering if anyone would like to have it? If you would like it (US Littens only please), comment and I‘ll randomly choose one of the 1st ten responses and send to you.

Insightsintobooks Do people still need to comment? I saw likes, but no comments? 5y
Wife @Insightsintobooks No need to comment. Likes are nice, comments a bonus. 🌹 5y
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Booknerd2
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Wonderful book!!! A story of life long friendship, hope, and doing what you know is right!!!!

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DebinHawaii
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Day 2 #FallIntoBooks #bookrainbow 📚🌈 A quick book rainbow of paperbacks mostly from my #TBR stacks (except for the tagged book, The Hundred Foot Journey & Animal, Vegetable, Miracle). I've done better ones--the indigo & violet were a bit of a challenge, but I was feeling lazy & didn't look too hard. 😆🌈📚

britt_brooke Pretty!! 5y
Bette Lovely. 5y
Michelle_2187 I'll be interested to hear what you think of the caliphs house 😊 5y
DebinHawaii @britt_brooke @Bette Thank you! @Michelle_2187 It might be a while before I make my way to it! 📚📚😬📚📚😆 5y
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Well-ReadNeck
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#DBF2017 Amira Trasi and Christopher Swann at the Decatur Book Festival. Moderated by Mark Beaver, whose fabulous memoir, Suburban Gospel, I discovered at last year's event!

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a_tad_bit_bookish
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It's here, it's here!!! Oh how I love this box 💖 It's interactive. You open the gifts on the designated pages and they enhance/go with the book. Coolest box I've ever gotten. So excited for this one as well!!!

Use code tadbit10 to get a discount. I promise you will adore it!
#bookbox #booksubscription #bookish #bibliophile

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DebinHawaii
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#JuneTunz #MrBlueSky Although the song says "There ain't a cloud in sight " I happen to like white puffy clouds in my blue sky (although according to #WTForecast they hate my dumb butt!)?? Anyway, these books have covers where the different shades of blue skies drew me in. The Buddha is at one of the botanical gardens here-I took the picture on a peaceful blue sky day. You can decide whether he, or the bird by his head get to be Mr. Blue Sky. ?

Cinfhen Your Buddha photo is 🙌🏻so many beautiful covers. Tagged book sounds good 😊 5y
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Chelsibeau
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Why do stacks of books make me smile so much 😀

MrBook #NiceStack! They're laced with something good! Probably in the glue 😆. 5y
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My_novel_obsession
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In the air and traveling back home and couldn't resist picking something up at the airport....

PurpleyPumpkin Who can? Airports always seem to have great book selections. 📚 5y
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rjnellie
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"The color of our sky will be bright again so I shouldn't lose hope."

rjnellie This is from the Once Upon A Book Club box pictured with all the book related gifts you unwrap. It's a very immersive book box-highly recommend! 5y
suzanne.literarylife I wish they would offer an adult book option. Would totally join! 5y
rjnellie This is the adult book option, but they also have a young adult box as of this month. It's the green box. This month was The Hidden Memory of Objects & it was amazing!! 5y
suzanne.literarylife How did I not know that?!!! I am subscribing. 5y
rjnellie You will love it!! 5y
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Gissy
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It's a book about girls,victims of sex trafficking in India.Tara and Mukta become friends even when they were from different "social castes". Something forbidden.It's about how "fate" can be changed by life opportunities.Beautifully written.I love when Mukta call a library, the temple of books.I gave it 3.9⭐️because the end was simple but this is a book about hope in a cruel reality like the title indicates.Reminded me in a way The Kite Runner.

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DarthVix
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This book broke, put me back together and broke me again. Such a good book, I really enjoyed it and couldn't put it down. It was a tragic yet beautiful story about friendship, loss, pain, human kindness, human greed, hope and the dangers of tradition. It made me cry and it made me soar. So good. 5 stars and a recommend! Thanks to the publisher for a copy in exchange for my honest review on my blog!

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Librarylady
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It's my weekend to work at our small public library. I'm not very busy so I've got a stack of reading material to occupy myself.

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DebinHawaii
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Although heartbreaking & tough to read at times due to the subject matter including the caste system, human trafficking & sexual slavery in India, this is a ultimately hopeful & beautifully written book about the power of friendship, redemption & two strong women--Tara & Mukta who though ripped apart, never forgot each other. Paired with Madhur Jaffrey's Masala Chai & samosas from my local Indian market for my blog book tour review. Post link👇🏼

LeahBergen Mmm... samosas!! 5y
LonelyReader I definitely want to read this book. 5y
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LonelyReader Btw, the tea and the samosas look very tasty! 5y
CouronneDhiver Sounds great. Added to my TBR 5y
Cinfhen Lovely review & gorgeous photo 💗 5y
celtichik That chai recipe looks to die for! 5y
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DebinHawaii
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#bluedabade I gravitate towards the color blue and blue covers. Here are a few current or recent reads with a range of blue covers in different shades. Thanks @Liberty for all of the giveaways this weekend! 💙💙💙

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DebinHawaii
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I have a feeling this book is going to rip my heart out--but so far I'm just a chapter in & reviewing it next week. It's paired here with an afternoon snack of Curried Egg Salad Bites on Naan Bread (using last week's Turmeric Pickled Eggs) & a Whiskey Chai Toddy. Not my usual snack--it's actually for a blog post for a friend's Blog Party: Tea Party event. Really yummy & not bad for a last minute idea using leftovers & pantry items. #litsycooks 😋

Gryffindorian This picture looks so inviting! It makes me want to join you! 5y
Rachel.Rencher Looks cozy 😊 5y
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