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Book Review – From Another Land by Tanushree Ghosh

From Another Land

 

Book Details

Author: Tanushree Ghosh

Publication House: Readomania

Amazon purchase link:

https://www.amazon.in/Another-Land-Making-Home-Dreams/dp/9385854739

Review

Once in a while, there comes a book which compels you to read and re-read it because there is so much more to it than what is visible on paper.  “From An-other Land: Making home in the land of dreams” by author Tanushree Ghosh is one such book which made me ponder, wonder and surrender to peel its layers and read between the lines. The theme of the book is all the more relevant in today’s times post the 2016 US elections.

Book Blurb:

Given the chance, would you be ready to immigrate? A majority would probably answer ‘Yes’. Yet, immigrants are looked at with either contempt or segregation and rarely compassion, in their motherland and abroad. Post the 2016 US elections, the rhetoric is further reverberating. From cancellation of refugee protection, zero tolerance and undercurrent crackdown on H visas to racism, profiling and discrimination—the resurgence of nationalism is hitting the globalised population head-on. But what is immigration today? A question of life or death. A fleeing of persecution. A compulsion. Or a mere pursuance of privilege. And, what is USA today, especially for Indians? From An-Other Land is a reality check and an emotional guide for anyone who wants to understand modern-day immigration to USA.

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When my husband and I were in Australia on a long term IT project, he was keen to settle down there whereas I wanted to return to India. My kith and kin were quite surprised that I was blissfully letting go of an opportunity to live abroad. But, I always had only one thing to say – “Everything is great here but it does not feel like home.”

My elder brother is in the US with his family for many years now and they have all obtained their American citizenship as well. Though we have never spoken about this subject openly, but I am aware that they feel a sense of belonging there and are pretty much content with their lives in the American land. Hence, I do understand and relate to the essence of this wonderful book which is a collection of short stories told from the point of view of varied characters.