Book: Breathing two worlds
Author: Ruchira Khanna
Published: 24th April, 2017
Number of pages: EBook, 181
About the book:
Neena Arya, a Delhi-born goes abroad for further studies and decides to settle down there. Determined to be a ‘somebody’ from a ‘nobody’ she blends with the Americans via the accent and their mannerisms while having a live-in relationship with her European boyfriend, Adan Somoza.
When illness hits home, Neena rushes to meet her ailing dad. Tragedy strikes and amidst the mingling with relatives and friends, she finds herself suffocated with the two different cultures that she has been breathing since she moved to the United States. How will she strike a balance between both the cultures as she continues to support her widowed mother? Will she be able to do justice to her personal and professional life after the loss?
Amidst the adjusting she bonds with an ally and learns about ties beyond blood. On what grounds will she be able to form an invisible thread that she has longed for since childhood?
Breathing Two Worlds ventures into cultures and ethnicity allowing Neena to ponder upon her foundation and priorities.
The story of a girl, Neena, who has settled down in the country of her choice and adjusted to the culture which she likes. But, destiny plays her part and Neena is forced to come back to her roots where she feels herself getting suffocated because of cultural taboos, society, people and their wagging tongues. Courage, confidence, determination and hard working attitude of Neena is really very admirable.
The book talks about the girl’s struggle in adjusting to two completely different cultures. What I like most is the girl and her mother’s struggle for the man of the house. Frankly speaking, first part of the book was not very appealing to me. It felt like just another story. But, second part of the book proved me wrong and kept me hooked to it and made me very emotional. The father and daughter relationship displayed here is very admirable.
Whenever Neena cried for her father, I also cried with her. It felt very heart wrenching to read about her dad. It is really commendable, how a daughter takes charge of the situation just like a son.
The language was very simple and easy to understand. All the characters of the story are very strong minded and their parts are well.
About the Author:
Ruchira Khanna, a biochemist turned writer, left her homeland of India to study in America, where she obtained her Master’s degree in Biochemistry from SJSU and a degree in Technical Writing from UC Berkeley.
After finishing her studies, Ruchira worked as a biochemist at a Silicon Valley startup for five years. After the birth of her son, Ruchira took a job as a technical writer, so that she could work from home. Soon, she began doing freelance writing work as well.
Her love of writing grew and she started working on her own books. After four years of freelancing, Ruchira published her first book, a fiction novel for adults called Choices.
Then came the children’s book The Adventures of Alex and Angelo: The Mystery of the Missing Iguana. She got a thumb’s up review from Kirkus Reviews.
In January 2016, she has published her second fictional novel Voyagers into the Unknown. It talks about the quest for happiness as the heavy hearted tourists travel miles from different parts of the world to Raj Touristry in Agra, India. Return to their respective home with a healed heart. This book talks about their journey!
In Breathing Two Worlds, Ruchira talks about ethnicity and cultures, and helps to strike a balance via a fiction-drama novel as her characters breathe two worlds.
In addition to writing books, she is a holistic healer associated with Stanford Healing Partners and also maintains a blog of daily mantras on Blogspot, called Abracabadra. Ruchira currently resides in California with her family.
My Rating: 3.5/5
Very emotional and heart touching story. If you like reading emotional books on love and relationships, then this book is for you.