American is an idea .. #TeaserTuesday

American is an idea .. #TeaserTuesday

For us non-Americans,  America means freedom.  And for women,  it is a rare freedom denied to them in their own homes.  This week,  I am posting lines from the book ‘Kalyana’ by Rajni Mala Khelawan, which captures this very well.  But,  it is a little more than two lines.  This story of Indians settled in the remote Fiji Islands,  tells the story of the women living there.

‘Look at the American women,’ my mother continued. ‘If they hadn’t caused a stir far away, none of us would have a chance.  We would still be burning widows and killing brides at altars.  And we would still be letting men decide on our future.  We wouldn’t even be able to stand in line and vote, Kalyana.’



It just proves that any struggle,  anywhere has a ripple effect and impacts.


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  A House of Books and has pretty simple rules…If you want to know how Teaser Tuesday Works, here’s how:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page
• Share the title and author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

Kalyana by Rajni Mala Khelawan

cover85231-mediumAuthor : Rajni Mala Khelawan
Publisher : Second Story Press
Release date : 2016
Version : Kindle
Genre : Women’s Literary fiction
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It’s a fact that Indians are spread across the globe.   Thanks to the British who loved to send Indians to work as slaves across the various regions which they had annexed over centuries.  Though this information was there in the periphery of my knowledge,  I never gave it a second thought.  Who would when we have not even heard about it in our history books?  But,  it is these very Indians who are living across Sri Lanka,  Malaysia, Singapore, Mauritius, Kenya, a whole lot of countries and of course Fiji.

I had asked to review this book thinking it is an Indian author easily recognisable with the name and the book cover.  I was surprised to know it is from Fiji.  And the author has taken us to a brief history of Indians living in Fiji in one of the most beautiful stories.   Continue reading