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REVIEW | In The Land Of The Lovers By Sakoon Singh

|Blurb|
In the absence of her parents, Nanaki, a fiercely sensitive young woman, is brought up by her grandparents in a quaint Chandigarh neighborhood. 

She grows up to be an artist and a professor in an art college. As Nanaki goes through the motions of an idyllic childhood and a difficult teenage love, her experiences play out against a haunting backdrop of Partition and her Beeji’s turbulent personal history.

Nanaki is brought face to face with the dark underbelly of contemporary Punjab when she takes up the cause of a consummate embroidery artist against a corrupt system while also being privy to the heartbreaking stories of two women in her immediate vicinity. 

Through it all, it is her Sufi bearings that sustain her. Meanwhile, over many motorcycle jaunts to the tiny hill-town of Kasauli, Nanaki finds love in Himmat, an architect with his own share of personal tragedy and a scarred childhood.

Meditative, rooted in a location yet filtered through nostalgia, In the Land of the Lovers is a masterfully woven fable with interlocking tales that explore struggle, loss, longing, and love with brilliant insight and luminous prose.

TITLE- In The Land Of The Lovers
AUTHOR- Sakoon Singh
FORMAT- Paperback
PUBLISHER- Rupa Publication
*Thanks to the publisher for a review copy.*
(All opinions are my own)

'In The Land Of The Lovers' is not just a love story but is much more than that, a story of courage, heartache, and faith.

The story revolves around Nanaki, who lost her parents to a tragedy in the early stages of her life, and has been brought up by her grandparents whom she lovingly addresses as Beeji and Nanaji. 

The story is divided into two parts: the first being set up amidst the partition of India and the second focuses on Nanaki's life, both personal and professional including her struggles.

Nanaki grows up into an independent and confident woman with a great sense of righteousness. This is her story of love and faith.

The book also vividly describes the culture of Punjab, bringing into focus both remote as well as contemporary Punjab focusing not only on its good but also on the darker sides.

Written in a poetic manner, the story is quite beautiful. While the plot is kept very simple, yet it is well constructed. Apart from the main plot, the book houses a lot of short tales of the characters wrapped up together in a beautiful well-designed cover. The characters are strong and well developed. All the emotions including love and trauma are nicely portrayed. The book made me laugh, cry, swoon, and even angered me to the extend that I wanted to kill certain characters but obviously, I couldn't do that. This was such an emotional rollercoaster. 

I am generally a fast reader but this book took me some time to finish as it needs to be carefully read and be comprehended in order to enjoy it to the fullest.

If you want to peak into the rich culture of Punjab or would like to read something set up amidst the partition of India, then this is the book for you.
Happy Reading!

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