The Color Of Our Sky: A Novel by AMITA TRASIThe Color Of Our Sky: A Novel by AMITA TRASI

The Color Of Our Sky: A Novel

byAMITA TRASI

Paperback | April 18, 2017

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In the spirit of Khaled Hosseini, Nadia Hashimi and Shilpi Somaya Gowda comes this powerful debut from a talented new voice—a 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 world—one of ice cream, reading, and a friendship that soon becomes a sisterhood.

But one night in 1993, Mukta is kidnapped from Tara’s 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 Mukta—and why she came to live with Tara’s 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 friendship—a story of love, betrayal, and, ultimately, redemption.


Title:The Color Of Our Sky: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.94 inPublished:April 18, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062474073

ISBN - 13:9780062474070

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Novel!!!! I bought this book on a whim, not my usual read but as soon as I started reading I fell in love. It is a work of art and I recommend it very highly.
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! This book was so beautifully heartbreaking, I wasn't able to put it down in the beginning and then near the end I did not want the story to end so I struggled with completing this book. It had me so emotionally involved. It was inspiring and completely changed my mindset on certain issues. Absolutely love this book!
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great heartbreaking story Loved this book, keep the tissues handy
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great human story I read this book on the airplane to Vancouver from Toronto. I couldn't put it down.At first I was angry with Tara for what she thought she had done to Mukta but as I read on I began to understand why she did it and how & why she spent so much time trying to make it up to Mukta. This book has taught me so much about a very different culture. I think that this is one of the most interesting books that I have read this year.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you liked Kite Runner, you might enjoy this book I found the first 1/5 of the book to be a bit slow, but after that, the story really picks up. A sad story, but a powerful read about culture, friendship, family, and hope.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Changing Book! I literally just put down the book and rushed to the computer to write a review. I am left so speechless by this amazingly beautiful book. I feel like I have come away from reading this book a changed person. I have learned so much about a very different culture from my own. I think this has to be one of my favourite all time books. It makes me want to race out and fight for these girls who are being tortured. Life changing book. I can not wait for more books from Amita Trasi.
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enthralling! Consider this to be a detailed description of why this is like a Staff Pick sticker you would see in store, which I don’t work in and never have in any bookstore. This story absorbed me, scared me, but most of all gave me an awareness of something I was sure of existed and the tragic reality. Two girls in India are the centre of this story, both of their views are shared. One, Mukta, is born in the human trafficking trade as by what her grandmother insists, however, her mother is trying to not have her involved. Mukta is also hopeful that her father, whom she never met, will one day come back for her. The other, Tara, is privileged and finds herself to grow very fondly of her, almost as if they were sisters. However, at times, Tara wishes that Mukta never entered her life, but Tara’s father was the one who brought Mukta in hopes of a better life. I would argue that he could have done more, but there’s a spoiler in that. One night, Mukta is then kidnapped and unfortunately taken to once again be found back to where she supposedly belongs. Years later, Tara is on a mission to find her after moving to America after the night of Mukta’s kidnapping and wants to search for her. Challenging it is to find Mukta, she perseveres and unveils more hidden secrets that she either has to accept and move forward or continue to grieve. Both views of Mukta and Tara are day and night, yet they both think of each other often and hope that one day they can be together again. The thing I love most about reading is that I seek a good story. And when there’s the added bonus of learning about something, whether it’d be emotional or not, is when I know the book is one that deservedly needs to be in the hands of people to be read, especially The Colour of our Sky. This is also arguably my favourite book of the year. I, myself, am Indian and though being born and raised in Canada, I am not very aware nor knowledgeable about what happens in India. Though I am sometimes certain issues like human trafficking still persists, it’s the practice and supposed fate that is tied into some cases I was not aware of; sadly true especially to young girls. When I am able to learn something from a piece of fiction, especially one that still occurs in the world, is when I know I need to make more action. One beginning step for anyone is to ensure those reading this review will pick up this book as well, discuss it, and pass it on to someone else. An absolute must read and one that I am going to pass on to others as well.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Couldn't Put it Down A beautiful story about two young women in India that will take you on an incredibly emotional journey. I could not put this book down! As stated in the description above, this novel is reminiscent of works written by Khaled Hosseini and Shilpi Somaya Gowda. While I have been recommending this novel to everyone I know, I feel that readers should be warned that this novel does include some graphic/difficult subject matter that some readers might be sensitive to.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Cliche and clumsy I was looking forward to reading this book and was quite disappointed. The writing style is very clumsy and, at times, painfully over the top. The plot threads were entirely predictable and exceedingly cliche (as was the prose). Very unfortunate as the topic is profound and requires more exposure.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart Wrenching I loved this book. Such a beautiful story about friendships and parent-child relationships. At the end I was so engulfed that I had to read ahead to find out what was going to happen. I highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dull I really wanted to like this book, but I found it borrrrringgg....
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "a woman's fate is all in our kismet" Exceptional storytelling & well developed characters makes for a very engaging read by a brilliant debut author, Amita Trasi. Very much a story of survival & hope in the face of tragedy.
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring story Nice story with good character development and plot.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great As a ten year old in Mumbai, Tara's life is pretty normal. She lives with her mom and dad, but her father is known for helping out children less fortunate. One day, Tara's dad brings home Mukta, a young child from his home village whose mother is a prostitute. Mukta would have been destined for that life had she stayed in her village but maybe now she can know a more regular life. Her and Tara become quick friends, until disaster strikes the family. Tara blames Mukta and plans for her kidnapping. As an adult, Tara is in the USA and wonders what happened to Mukta. She never got over the guilt from what she was responsible for. Heading back to India, she hopes that she can find her childhood friend. Right from the beginning, all the way to the end, I was completely engaged by this story. The writing flows very well, despite there being shifts in time. I wouldn't have guessed that this was Trasi's debut novel. Tara feel guilt her whole life on what she did to Mukta and this guilt shapes who she becomes as an adult. She makes decisions based on this guilt and to further punish herself. I thought this was a very genuine portrayal of a woman wracked with guilt. This was a simple but wonderful book. I recommend it!
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional, heart wrenching and inspiring story. I absolutely loved this book. I was picking up some books for vacation and bought this on a whim as it sounded interesting. Not only is this an important book to read, but you become so invested in the characters that it is impossible to put down. Never has a book elicited the emotional response in me that this book has. I have recommended it to all of my friends.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this It's a nice story and is very inspiring.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read. Very intereting This is a good story line.
Date published: 2017-04-24

Editorial Reviews

“This is an important story, sensitive and unflinching, of two childhood friends and their indelible bond.”