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Tell A Thousand Lies: A Novel Set In India (English Edition) di [Atreya, Rasana]
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Tell A Thousand Lies is one of our five favourite tales from India. -- Glam Magazine, UK (June 2014)

Shortlisted for the 2012 Tibor Jones South Asia prize

At a time when traditional publishers are churning out mindless bestsellers by celebrity (Indian) authors, it’s such a treat to find an author who writes so engagingly and entertainingly and yet has something vital to say.
-- Ashok Banker, author of 42 books in 16 languages and 58 countries. Sold 2.4 million copies worldwide.

Dark-skinned Pullamma would rather get married. Fair-skinned Lata would rather not.

With three girls in the family, and barely enough dowry to secure husbands for two, their grandmother is forced to choose - and she chooses Lata.

What happens next is so inconceivable that it will shape Pullamma's future in ways no one could have foreseen.

Tell A Thousand Lies is a sometimes wry, sometimes sad, but ultimately realistic look at how superstition and the colour of a girl's skin rules India's hinterlands.

If you liked Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner) or Amy Tan (The Joy Luck Club), you might like this book.

Note: British/Indian spellings used (jewellery, paediatrician, foetus etc.) These are not typos.


Rasana is the author of Amazon bestseller 'Tell A Thousand Lies', which was also shortlisted for the '2012 Tibor Jones South Asia award'. UK’s Glam magazine calls this novel one of their 'five favourite tales from India' (June 2014). Her other works are 'The Temple Is Not My Father' and '28 Years A Bachelor' (coming October 31, 2014).

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5.0 su 5 stelle Tell a Thousand Lies by Rasana Atreya 19 marzo 2012
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Tell a Thousand Lies
By Rasana Atreya

What can you do if you are a poor girl living in rural India to change your future?

If you are light skinned, pretty and not too well educated your future as a wife will be assured. Your family will be able to find a husband for you even if you don't have much of a dowry. You know what is expected of you. Treat your husband like a prince, please your mother-in-law, dote on your sons and lament the birth of your daughters. The pattern is in place and you have been trained all your life to follow it like generations of girls before you.

But what if you are not light skinned, pretty, have a good dowry or come from a prominent family? Who will marry you when you have nothing of value to add to another family? Where does your future lie. Will you be the one who stays at home to take care of your family in their old age? Will you watch your friends marry and leave their homes behind while you stay static?

Can a light-skinned, pretty, overly educated girl find another path? One that leads to the city and an education in medicine. Or is the future etched so deeply in stone that the ability to change it is too overwhelming?

Three teenaged sisters, twins Lata and Pallamma, and their older sister Malli find the paths chosen for them by tradition and family circumstance changed in an instant. Not by fate and not by accident but by the scheming machinations of a politician who sees a chance to use the sisters to his own ends. His interference leads each sister down a path she has not chosen, changing not only their futures but the lives of their family, friends, villagers and the men each of them will marry.

But "Tell a Thousand Lies" is not only the story of three sisters coming of age in a rural village in India. It is the story of an ancient land, traditions followed for centuries, corrupt politicians, hardship, broken hearts and redemption. The story of a culture so steeped in tradition it turns on itself and destroys its own young.

This is a beautifully written story. The author's ability to set the scene is so strong you feel like you are standing beside the characters as they live their daily lives. The descriptions of the land and the people pull you into the charm and the dichotomy that is India. The story is both life affirming and heart-breaking with a realism that leaves you wondering if these people are characters in a novel or are they real.

Ms. Atreya has given us a tightly written, well-paced story. Her characters are well drawn, fully complete and believable. She crosses all her t's and dots all her I's making sure all loose ends are tied up by the end of the story and the resolution is both believable and inevitable without a literary "miracle" to give everyone a happy ever after.

I highly recommend this book for both young adults and adults of all ages. It is a coming of age novel in the best sense and adult literature in its fullness and complexity.

Karen Bryant Doering
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5.0 su 5 stelle A fast-paced tale of fate and destiny 14 marzo 2012
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Tell a Thousand Lies is a fast-paced story about a girl whose life is propelled by circumstances beyond her control from that of an innocent, naive teenager to that of a living goddess. Along the way, she sheds some of her naivete, but manages to retain her matter-of-fact manner of dealing with her circumstances, as well as her sense of humour.

The characters in the book are realistic. The protagonist Pullamma is not all-powerful; she does not win against all odds. Indeed, she often loses the battles that she is forced into. She tries to do the right thing, but sometimes she cannot, and it is not below her to indulge in some rightful resentment even as she does what has to done.

The character of Pullamma's twin Lata is also refreshingly grey. Knowing her background and circumstances, we cannot help but feel that her anger and resentment are justified, even thought the means she uses to give vent to them are not.

Rasana Atreya brings the locales in her book to life with well-crafted descriptions. In charting Pullamma's journey, she touches on several social evils from dowry, superstition and the discouragement of girls' higher education to the association of beauty with skin colour and the consequent penchant for "fairness" creams.
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5.0 su 5 stelle The Goddess's Handbook 22 agosto 2012
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This novel is a colorful, beautifully written journey through the land and lives of characters who become so real, that most of us will not only read avidly, but will return to many times in our thoughts.

As I read this impressive book, I had trouble believing it was independently published, and not the month's choice for the book club. The constant plot twists, which I hope could only take place in a novel, but many of which I suspect might be quite possible for a girl in India, keep the reader gasping and turning pages. The politician, who decided to use the helpless girl for his own ambitious purposes, doesn't care about the cost to others, even when they are closely related to him. Pullyamma, our heroine, is brave and intelligent, but truly has no power in a society that sees her in ways that Western eyes will need more than one book to be opened to.

At times her most desperate problems seem nearly trivial to an American: whether to expose her arms, whether to remove a mole from her nose or leave the beauty-enhancing embellishment, constant anguish over the darkness of her skin, the unattractiveness of being educated, but as Ms. Atreya guides us more and more deeply into the ways of everyday life in India, we breathe the air along with Pullyamma and her family. We can watch, perhaps in horror and shock as beloved friends are stoned to death without protest, but with understanding of the culture that is capable of turning on a dime to such an act, and where there is no fear of reprisal. We believe, along with the guests at a celebration, as a baby laid at Pullyamma's feet, gasps its way back to life. We can even grasp the motivation of a desperate sister, whose dreams have all come true for someone else. (Remember your own frustration the last time you were thwarted over some trivial matter? Imagine that happening to every desire you ever had, while your own yearning was dismissed as silly fancy. Then imagine every gift bestowed on your sister, who never prized anything serious in her life, and you'll get an idea.)

I won't describe the events that drive the story. To experience those, you must read the book - and this is one you truly should read.
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5.0 su 5 stelle An amazing story! 16 gennaio 2014
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Three girls, Malli and her twin sisters Lata and Pullamma are orphaned and brought up by their grandmother, Ammamma, with meager means until they reach the marriageable age when alliances must be made, paying dowry, bride price. This is Mallepalli Village, June 1995.
When a suitable boy is found for Lata, her twin Pullamma, taller and of darker skin is all helpful to ensure that the boys family does like Lata and takes her for their daughter-in-law, even though, Lata, the smartest of all the three sisters, actually wants to study to be a doctor. Malli has been sent away, in order to ensure that she is not seen by the boy’s family, while Pullamma, serves to make them happy. Alas, the dowry asked for is too high and while the possible alliance comes to naught, Lata, does the dreadful, in the hope of escaping her lot and the village, by having the unmentionable, sex and pregnancy thereafter, with a petty worker from the city who promises to marry her, but escapes.
In the meantime, central to the story is the politician, Kondal Rao, who holds the lives of the girls, their grandmother and twists and turns around these lives to help him achieve his end, that being winning the elections and a seat in the state government. Using Pullamma for his political benefit, he turns her life from a simple dark faces girl to a goddess, who becomes, even to her own refusal to enact the part, the local goddess, who is believed to create miracles. The fantastic turn of events is intersected often and again, by Pullamma attempts to return to a normal life and escape the village to do so. This comes true when Kondal Rao’s nephew marries her and takes her away to Hyderabad, where she is far from the milieu of her ‘abnormal’ life as a goddess. But not for long; the evil hands of Kondal Rao are too long and soon she is discovered and brought back to the village to feed the indeed, blind faith of the human crowd surrounding her, who most certainly will vote for Kondal Rao, because, he supports their mass obedience to Pullamma. By now, pregnant, Pullamma, finds her life managed once again by the powerful politician when he casts her away in a remand home for women, where Pullamma is to come across a doctor, with a broken life just like hers and who then helps her to escape once again to Bangalore. It has come with a tremendous price though, as Pullamma is told that she has given birth to a still born baby girl, when actually her boy child, born, healthy has been taken away and given off to a couple, who is dearest to Pullamma’s heart, closer than her own shadow, but she is not aware of it. Full of twists and turns, surprises, betrayal, benevolence and life changing events, Rasana Atreya has managed to weave a tale that keeps you hooked to the book, till the end. It plays out common daily happenings, which go as normal in our daily lives, but can be termed as sibling jealousy, and the surprising length it can go to, to destroy lives, especially when there is an unscrupulous politician who is ready to use every opportunity to his end.
Fear not reader, the expert story teller, whose book became the nominee for The Tibor Jones 2012, Award, does not leave her readers high and dry. At the end, having waded through much mucky water that life lays out, the reader finds that the author has tied up the book nicely when all question marks are erased and the heart forgives the characters who wronged each other. Except Kondal Roa, who is now a Member of Parliament (MP) for his state. And if Pullamma had lost a lot, she has also received a lot more in life and finally, she does come around to be the winner, despite the colour of her skin, which is dark.
Turn every fourth page for a twist and turn you least expected! A wonderful read!
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5.0 su 5 stelle Don't miss this! 1 giugno 2015
Di Angia Macomber - Pubblicato su
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I have a new favorite author in Rasana Atreya after reading Tell A Thousand Lies. This story was so captivating that I read it all in one sitting without intending to do so! It was like a wildly satisfying rollercoaster ride, heartbreaking and heartwarming by turns with unexpected plot twists in nearly every chapter, all without feeling contrived or formulaic in any way. It was a very real tale about authentic people living out their lives in an imperfect world, trying to make the best for themselves and their loved ones despite the cruelty and hardship that earthly existence can bring, while solidifying the reader's faith in the deep-down goodness of humanity. Partaking in this story was made all the richer by the way the reader was immersed in the complex culture of India and its multi-class system through this riveting saga. I strongly suggest you make room at the top of your summer reading list for this gem!
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