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Tell A Thousand Lies: A Novel Set In India (English Edition) de [Atreya, Rasana]
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Tell A Thousand Lies is one of our five favourite tales from India. -- Glam Magazine, UK (June 2014)

Shortlisted for the 2012 Tibor Jones South Asia prize

At a time when traditional publishers are churning out mindless bestsellers by celebrity (Indian) authors, it’s such a treat to find an author who writes so engagingly and entertainingly and yet has something vital to say.
-- Ashok Banker, author of 42 books in 16 languages and 58 countries. Sold 2.4 million copies worldwide.



Dark-skinned Pullamma would rather get married. Fair-skinned Lata would rather not.

With three girls in the family, and barely enough dowry to secure husbands for two, their grandmother is forced to choose - and she chooses Lata.

What happens next is so inconceivable that it will shape Pullamma's future in ways no one could have foreseen.

Tell A Thousand Lies is a sometimes wry, sometimes sad, but ultimately realistic look at how superstition and the colour of a girl's skin rules India's hinterlands.

If you liked Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner) or Amy Tan (The Joy Luck Club), you might like this book.

Note: British/Indian spellings used (jewellery, paediatrician, foetus etc.) These are not typos.

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Rasana is the author of Amazon bestseller 'Tell A Thousand Lies', which was also shortlisted for the '2012 Tibor Jones South Asia award'. UK’s Glam magazine calls this novel one of their 'five favourite tales from India' (June 2014). Her other works are 'The Temple Is Not My Father' and '28 Years A Bachelor' (coming October 31, 2014).

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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Tell a Thousand Lies by Rasana Atreya 19 de marzo de 2012
Por Kindle Customer - Publicado en Amazon.com
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Tell a Thousand Lies
By Rasana Atreya
3/19/2012

What can you do if you are a poor girl living in rural India to change your future?

If you are light skinned, pretty and not too well educated your future as a wife will be assured. Your family will be able to find a husband for you even if you don't have much of a dowry. You know what is expected of you. Treat your husband like a prince, please your mother-in-law, dote on your sons and lament the birth of your daughters. The pattern is in place and you have been trained all your life to follow it like generations of girls before you.

But what if you are not light skinned, pretty, have a good dowry or come from a prominent family? Who will marry you when you have nothing of value to add to another family? Where does your future lie. Will you be the one who stays at home to take care of your family in their old age? Will you watch your friends marry and leave their homes behind while you stay static?

Can a light-skinned, pretty, overly educated girl find another path? One that leads to the city and an education in medicine. Or is the future etched so deeply in stone that the ability to change it is too overwhelming?

Three teenaged sisters, twins Lata and Pallamma, and their older sister Malli find the paths chosen for them by tradition and family circumstance changed in an instant. Not by fate and not by accident but by the scheming machinations of a politician who sees a chance to use the sisters to his own ends. His interference leads each sister down a path she has not chosen, changing not only their futures but the lives of their family, friends, villagers and the men each of them will marry.

But "Tell a Thousand Lies" is not only the story of three sisters coming of age in a rural village in India. It is the story of an ancient land, traditions followed for centuries, corrupt politicians, hardship, broken hearts and redemption. The story of a culture so steeped in tradition it turns on itself and destroys its own young.

This is a beautifully written story. The author's ability to set the scene is so strong you feel like you are standing beside the characters as they live their daily lives. The descriptions of the land and the people pull you into the charm and the dichotomy that is India. The story is both life affirming and heart-breaking with a realism that leaves you wondering if these people are characters in a novel or are they real.

Ms. Atreya has given us a tightly written, well-paced story. Her characters are well drawn, fully complete and believable. She crosses all her t's and dots all her I's making sure all loose ends are tied up by the end of the story and the resolution is both believable and inevitable without a literary "miracle" to give everyone a happy ever after.

I highly recommend this book for both young adults and adults of all ages. It is a coming of age novel in the best sense and adult literature in its fullness and complexity.

Karen Bryant Doering
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas India's Not Really Full of Magic - Esp if you're a woman 22 de abril de 2012
Por Sarah - Publicado en Amazon.com
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For people who like tales of India and Indians as mystical otherworldly creatures, this is not a book for you. I am grateful that Atreya doesn't resort to tricks of exoticism in her very modern story of life in an undereducated southeast Asian community. The book is fast paced and surprising, and I read it quickly, in just a few days, surprising myself by my urge to know what happened next. The author takes the hat trick of having an undereducated narrator win your sympathy and makes her unreliable as well. That makes the story even more interesting. I definitely recommend it.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Great Heartwarming Read! 10 de marzo de 2012
Por Holly J. Michael - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Versión Kindle
Tell a Thousand Lies is an engaging novel that draws you into the heart and days of Pullamma's India where superstitions, the wrong color skin, and dirty politicians can determine a women's fate.

Raised by her grandmother, after her mother dies in childbirth and her father deserts the family, Pullamma lets go of the comfort of childhood innocence, fun and closeness of her best friend Chinni, to face woman-hood in a peculiar situation she lands in.

We travel with Pullamma and all of her hardships as she goes from a young girl in rural mid-1980s India hoping for a municipal water connection and a good husband--in spite of her dark skin and insufficient dowry--through her years of forced Goddesshood and difficulties and betrayals that take her into her adult years.

Tell a Thousand Lies is a moving comedic story about a woman's survival within societal and familial expectations. It allows us to become a part of the life of an endearing girl who makes the most out of difficult situations. It's a story about bonds of friendships, broken and restored, and love. I couldn't put the book down through Pullamma's travels and trials in India.

Pullamma's determination to overcome so many odds kept me breathlessly turning the pages to see how she would get out of the next pickle, and I don't mean her homemade pickle that became a source of income and a catalyst for female bonding and new friendships. I cheered when Pullamma triumphed under the most difficult situations and bit my nails when she had to face the evil politician's mischief.

Atreya's eloquent writing and detailed observations of life for women in India as well as the beauty and historical charm of India come through beautifully in this novel. I enjoy books filled with cultural richness that enlighten and entertain and Rasana Atreya pulls this off beautifully in her debut novel.

Having traveled throughout India several times and having relatives who live in India, I appreciated the spot-on struggles Indian women faced in the past and continue to face even today.

Tell A Thousand lies is an emotional rollercoaster ride that makes you keep rooting for Pullamma as Atreya delightfully and hilariously infuses issues of class, religion, work, education, sexual roles, and the ties between women.

This is a very descriptive, well written story that draws you into the lives and emotions of the characters. A very good, humorous, poignant and heartwarming read.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas A fast-paced tale of fate and destiny 14 de marzo de 2012
Por Vrinda - Publicado en Amazon.com
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Tell a Thousand Lies is a fast-paced story about a girl whose life is propelled by circumstances beyond her control from that of an innocent, naive teenager to that of a living goddess. Along the way, she sheds some of her naivete, but manages to retain her matter-of-fact manner of dealing with her circumstances, as well as her sense of humour.

The characters in the book are realistic. The protagonist Pullamma is not all-powerful; she does not win against all odds. Indeed, she often loses the battles that she is forced into. She tries to do the right thing, but sometimes she cannot, and it is not below her to indulge in some rightful resentment even as she does what has to done.

The character of Pullamma's twin Lata is also refreshingly grey. Knowing her background and circumstances, we cannot help but feel that her anger and resentment are justified, even thought the means she uses to give vent to them are not.

Rasana Atreya brings the locales in her book to life with well-crafted descriptions. In charting Pullamma's journey, she touches on several social evils from dowry, superstition and the discouragement of girls' higher education to the association of beauty with skin colour and the consequent penchant for "fairness" creams.
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Great read! Educational, emotional, sometimes funny. 26 de abril de 2012
Por White Sky Project - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Versión Kindle
Tell A Thousand Lies by Rasana Atreya is about the fates of two sisters, fraternal twins Pullamma and Lata. Dark and awkward Pullamma only wants to be a wife. She has two other sisters so she knows that there isn't a lot of dowry for them all, but she still hopes. Fair and pretty Lata only dreams of becoming a doctor. Her grandmother doesn't understand and arranges a wedding alliance for her. By some twist of fate, Pullamma ends up becoming the Goddess of their village and secretly married, while Lata ends up in a forced marriage after rebelling against her grandmother and getting pregnant. This novel is a realistic portrayal of the culture, traditions, and life in a small Indian village.

I enjoyed this book. It was quite easy to read and carried on in a very good pace. It was also so rich in culture and very realistic, so I found it quite captivating. I liked the simplicity of the writing because for me it fit in perfectly with the richness and depth of the entire book. It complemented how colorful the story was. The author was able to give life to the characters and described the setting and events beautifully. The story felt very real and I felt for all the characters.

It is always a great experience to learn more about another culture. Although the Indian culture is certainly different, there are always a few concepts that are similar or even universal like community or village culture, superstitions, traditions, and beliefs, so there is always something readers can relate to. This book had everything about those things and intertwined them with the lives of two young girls. It's educational, can be emotional, and sometimes funny. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to venture outside of their comfort zone, anyone who wants to learn about other cultures and realities, and anyone who just enjoys a well-written story.
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