Title: Where Earth Meets Water
Author: Pia Padukone
Publisher: Harlequin India
Before I proceed with my experience as a reader, let me confess that I am not the perfect person for reviewing this book as this book portrays women’s world; how they see things, there love for dresses and jewelery, their expectations and commitments towards their partner and parents. And the only word I have for such expressions is ‘Respect’.
However there are things that I understand – the expression that takes shape out of the words that describe bonds, between the humans – related or stranger. And it is where Pia Padukone’s book, Where Earth Meets Water, is never deprived of soul.
‘Where Earth Meets Water’ is a story of relationships — between Karom and Gita, Gita and her grandmother, and Karom and Gita’s grandmother. Kamini, Gita’s grandmother, fights her fate and finds a way to live life and raise her daughter without her husband who leaves her alone when she needed him the most. Kamini gives words to her emotions and those words shape a book, followed by another. She becomes a household name but still unknown.
Gita loves Karom and wants to marry him but Karom, who has always had a bitter relationship with water which costed him most precious persons in his life, is unable to overcome the trauma he has grown through. However, the things starts getting better when destiny brings these three people together.
Though the story is not written in first person and every character is as individual and important as others are, it exudes a feminine flow of emotions which makes you feel as if the story has been narrated from a woman’s perspective. May be, I felt this because I know the author is a woman. But this femininity makes the characters more real and story more practical.
This book is poles apart from chic-lits and superficial romance stories that are being published these days. It’s a serious story with well-etched out characters and elaborated emotions. To be honest, the initial fifty pages are bit slow where you try hard to understand the course of events which are too entangled. But beyond those pages, especially after ‘Kamini’ the story picks pace and becomes interesting.
Narration is descriptive, close to literary style of writing, with characters losing in past memories every now and then, revealing the sheaths of the story in layers. I liked this book and I recommend this book to serious readers who read for the love of reading and appreciate sincere and sensible writing.