April 20, 2012
-- "India Was One" (ISBN 1450543332), a novel by an anonymous Indian author, asks readers to imagine an India divided by politically-
driven fissures, resulting in two countries - North and South India.
Readers experience this scenario through the eyes of a couple, Kaahi and Jai, and observe the effects such division would have on everyday people as well as the culture at large. The novel begins by tracing the story of Kaahi and Jai as the couple meet in a college canteen in Mumbai, fall in love, marry and move to the United States. Their life is just turning into the happily-ever-
after storybook that they had hoped when they hear the news that India has been divided, with their families on either side of the new border. As they return separately to India to be with their respective families in a time of crisis, the couple is divided and confronted with the very real fact that they might not see each other again.
"This is a story about friendship, patriotism and sacrifice for country in an imagined, but very possible, future for India," says the author. "India is in conflict between secular and fundamentalist influences that could very well lead to division of our beloved homeland."
The author of the novel prefers to remain anonymous so that readers will be able to enjoy his story without being influenced by his personal details such as his community of origin or his caste. Available in India on Pothi.com and written to convey true love for the land and culture of his birth, the novel is intended to cause readers to think about how such division can be avoided.
"India Was One" is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.