If anyone could transform laughter to light, she did, Inga Radiance upon radiance of laughter, chime upon bell chime of light sparkled and shone everywhere It was as if the sky showered tiny star grains that scattered, glinting, on the hay heap we were cocooned in they sparkled on the leaves of the jackfruit tree above and dusted my arms with gold Who could resist suchIf anyone could transform laughter to light, she did, Inga Radiance upon radiance of laughter, chime upon bell chime of light sparkled and shone everywhere It was as if the sky showered tiny star grains that scattered, glinting, on the hay heap we were cocooned in they sparkled on the leaves of the jackfruit tree above and dusted my arms with gold Who could resist such a dance of light I couldn t, I never could Almost never.Rapa is born into a Tamil Brahmin family, full of dark secrets She is brought up in Delhi where an English education introduces her to literature that is both fascinating and foreign Her summer holidays are spent in the confines of the family home in Kerala, where she has for companion her cousin Inga But as the two girls grow up, their lives change through a tortuous, pain filled process.Forty years after her death, Rapa s husband has her notes published, the story of her struggles against her family, her marriage and her final encounter with Inga.A tragic tale of yearning and hope, of derision and rage, of miracles and dreams, of commitment and utter rejection.
Inga If anyone could transform laughter to light she did Inga Radiance upon radiance of laughter chime upon bell chime of light sparkled and shone everywhere It was as if the sky showered tiny star grai
Brilliant first novel by Poile Sengupta Inga starts slowly like all novels do in a maze of characters, but explodes mesmerisingly in between to build up a beautiful climax Poile is brilliant as well as brutal at times in her treatment of culture, men and tradition throughout the book brilliant in the form of humour which is peppered through every second or third sentence and brutal in the condemnation of the orthodox traditions which forbids a girl from doing anything other than what the elders [...]
If you haven t read this book already what are you waiting for Inga is beautifully written and revloves around the lives and struggles of Rapa, and Inga both Tamil Brahmin women in the 60s when life was a little slower and oppressive for the women in question Rapa lives in Delhi, keeps a journal and writes stories Inga is the younger cousin left behind in the village They share an interesting relationship Rapa is fascinated by Inga s story talking about her in her journal and writing stories ab [...]
I loved the book, Inga It had an almost unputtdownable quality about it because of the fine thread of suspense that runs right through the book I took just 2 days to read through it, which is saying a lot since I always have a million other things to do Inga draws on the author s childhood and early days in a traditional tambram household, which brought back vivid memories of my own days spent in my grandparents house in Chennai, the long summer holidays spent eating raw mango slices thickly coa [...]
Inga is a great read,I finished it in 2 days The book is not a thriller, far from it, but there is a suspense which is maintained through the book, which makes you want to reach the end The whole family at Komala Nivas,from Great Aunt Kuppai downwards,is a family which has its own politics,a strict adherence to customs,is very caste consciousness,and has fixed notions about the behaviour expected from the women of the family The book is not written in the orthodox style of a book, instead draws [...]
My third visitation and Inga is as intriguing, delightful and mouth wateringly detailed as it was the first time, if not .Poile Sengupta ingeniously weaves this complex tapestry of a southern Indian family surrounding that odd girl among the evens, with devices that make one sit up and jump with joy.The book certainly makes one nostalgic and the innocence that sprouts every so often is heartbreakingly beautiful But it does not just remain a thing of beauty, it does so much It talks to you She t [...]
Reading this book took me all of two days A fantastic story of a little girl, this book is very gripping It touches the vast diaspora or rural India during the post independence era and politely reminds us how relationships and unnecessary customs precede what one would treat as really important in life The detail is lively and transports you quite literally to the happenings during the time The author classically details various styles and english authorsFantastic story and leaves you absorbed, [...]
An interesting read A story you can relate to someone you know Not the killing part
I struggled hard on how to rate this book Some parts of it are absolutely 5 star writing The tongue in cheek humor about Brahmaniac families and their impenetrable web of rules and regulations, the accurate descriptions of being caught between two worlds as a western educated Indian.But some parts are just weird The almost magical hold Inga has over people, the hazy sexuality of Rapa In some ways its reminiscent of The Color Purple, but with a heavy infusion of coconut oil.
It was a drag at times I skipped pages However, I loved the light humor Especially when the author explains adakkam Can totally relate to it I laughed aloud D The climax was unexpected Overall it was OK Wonderful attempt for a debut novel.