Title- Breathing two worlds
Author- Ruchira Khanna
Writing Style- 4.5/5
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. Will she be able to strike a balance as she continues to support her widowed mother while being in constant touch with both the cultures? Will she be able to do justice to her personal and professional life after the loss? How will she strike a balance?
Amidst the adjusting, she bonds with an ally. 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.
Just like Neena, there are many of us who are breathing two worlds, two cultures, living two lives. The author has chosen a realistic plot and powerful theme. Neena’s passionate attitude about her life and how she maintains a balance between her work and personal life is admirable. The characters are well developed, terse writing style, the brilliant narration makes it much more relatable and engrossing. Additionally, the incidents, culture, traditions are well depicted. A work of fiction up to the mark. The author has left no loopholes. Perfect.!!!
Negatives– Were there any? I didn’t find a single one. Just grab your copy, hop on your bed and enjoy Neena’s life.
PS- This is the best work I have read so far in my reviewing journey. Must Read.