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Tell A Thousand Lies: A Novel Set In India [Kindle Edition]

Rasana Atreya , Pat Smith , Manoj Vijayan
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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UK's Glam magazine calls 'Tell A Thousand Lies' one of their 'five favourite tales from India.'
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In a land where skin colour can determine one's destiny, fraternal twins PULLAMMA and LATA are about to embark on a journey that will tear their lives apart.

Dark skinned Pullamma dreams of being a wife. With three girls in her family, the sixteen year old is aware there isn't enough dowry to secure suitable husbands for them all. But a girl can hope. She's well versed in cooking, pickle making, cow washing -- you name it. She's also obliged her old-fashioned grandmother by not doing well in school.

Fair skinned and pretty, her twin sister Lata would rather study medicine than get married. Unable to grasp the depth of Lata's desire, the twins' Grandmother formalizes a wedding alliance for the girl. Distraught, Lata rebels, with devastating consequences.

As Pullamma helps ready the house for her older sister Malli's bride viewing, she prays for a positive outcome to the event. What happens next is so inconceivable that it will shape Pullamma's future in ways she couldn't have foreseen.

A mainstream, multi-ethnic, world literature book from India, 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 like Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner) or Vikram Seth (A Suitable Boy), you might like this book.

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

About the Author

Rasana Atreya, author of Tell A Thousand Lies, left a comfortable job in IT because she thought roughing it out as a penniless writer was romantic. Her next book, Half A House, should be out in early part of 2014. She is also working on The Temple Is Not My Father

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 646 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466340371
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IX6W8Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,073 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rasana Atreya is a blogger, foodie and novelist living in Hyderabad, India. She is also the mother of two grade schoolers who are desperate for the chance to design the cover of her second book. She's still thinking about that one. Her first novel, Tell A Thousand Lies, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Tibor Jones South Asia award, is an Amazon category bestseller.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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As a big fan of Indian literature or literature about India, I was really keen to get going with this novel and I was not disappointed. A strong and powerful four star read that I really enjoyed from beginning to end.
The summary gives the impression the reader follows the twins Pullamma and Lata in equal parts and I half expected the narrative to switch between the two sisters but in fact, we are given the story for Pullamma's perspective and her perspective is just perfect - honest, frank and direct. As a narrator, Pullamma is extremely strong and the author has done well to create a character that is so far from my own background but I could still closely relate to and empathise with her story.
As Pullamma dreams of marriage and children, Lata wants to excel in her studies and become a doctor, both dreams seem impossible from the outset. Pullamma's dark skin has been the bane of her life and is deemed the reason she cannot be married off whereas Lata is fair skinned and perfect for any suitor, apart from her defiance and determination to study. It's extremely interesting how the notion of skin colour is so central to the story but it plays throughout and isn't an uncommon theme in other Indian literature.
The novel is quite slow paced but it works in context. It's hard to categorise this novel, much of it has a political undertone as the characters are often at the mercy of their local political fiend Kondal Rao who focuses on and controls their family with devastating consequences. It is impossible not to root for Pullamma as she gets up from a thousand setbacks and continues towards her dreams. At the same time, it is hard not to feel some empathy for her sister Lata who finds herself forced along a path she would never have wanted and in response acts despicably.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A powerful book. 6 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Three sisters, Pullamma, Lata and Malli have been brought up by their grandmother. The grandmother wants to find them a husband, but only two of the girls are "pretty". Pullamma is too dark to be considered attractive in 1980 India.

That's the theme in essence. We don't have anything to do with Malli (although her wedding brings us Kondal Rao and he's is going to be Pullamma's nightmare), Malli is married off from the start and we only begin to get to know Lata towards the end of the book. It's Pullamma's story and her that we life we get to know, but she's a girl very much of her time and heritage. All she wants is a husband and a family. Unlike her twin, Lata, she isn't interested in education.

In the beginning I did wonder if the book had too much "info dump" because there was a lot telling about how people from that culture lived, but before I realised I was hooked on Pullamma's story and found myself keen to finish. There were a few flashbacks that became a jumble at times, and I did wonder if the story was too "big" for the author, but overall I think Rasana Atreya did a very good job indeed. It was easy reading, and opened my eyes to how "free" Western culture is and how much it's taken for granted.

Pullamma, as a character, was delightful, although I found her too naive at times, especially as she openly trusted people even when, one after the other, they took advantage of her. Her husband was a character I couldn't warm to at all! I hoped Pullamma would dump him by the end of the story for being such a wuss and a pushover, but no, she "loved him".

Tell a Thousand Lies is a story I'm going to remember (for all the right reasons), I do think there was a lot packed into it, maybe too much?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Amanda
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In truth I think I would like to have given this book 3.5 stars as it really does lie between the 2 ratings. It took me a while to get into the storyline and characters but once I did it was compelling reading. On the slight negative side, the tragic event after tragic event did seem just a bit too far fetched for the story to have any really 'true' feel to it. But then I saw a collection of photographs in the Sunday Times titled "caste aside" and this included one of Love Commandos who protect lovers (from different castes) from their families - and, of course, we hear too often about honour killings - which made me think that perhaps the novel's tragic events, along similar lines, were not so far fetched after all.

At the end of the day, it was a disturbing but interesting insight into Indian culture and corruption and I will be looking out for the next novel from this author with interest!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read 5 Aug 2013
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I started reading this book - via Kindle - last Saturday and finished it on Monday. Once I had read the first few pages, I got caught up in both the story and its writing. They are not always the same. The story is fast moving and varied. I could never predict and although about an unfamiliar culture, it was so well told that I could understand decisions made and sympathise with them.
As a consequence, I have now two days work to do because I did virtually nothing while I read and look forward to reading other books by this author.
Best book I have read for some time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 22 July 2013
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I loved this book .could not put it down.you really get to know the characters and the culture of india
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyable read
Published 16 days ago by jacqui smith
4.0 out of 5 stars A really lovely book to read.
Enjoyed all the ups and downs with Pullamma with lots of mixed emotion.
Highly recommended.
Summer reading at its best.
Published 22 days ago by Issy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Great read, transported to India for an enjoyable descriptive journey. Stumbled across this book and I'm really glad I did!!
Published 1 month ago by Belinda Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
A little slow to start but once it does very hard to put down. I laughed cried and hoped with the heroine
Published 1 month ago by Miss A G Agyekum
1.0 out of 5 stars dreadful
Most ridiculous storyline ever, farcical. Don't waste your time trying to read this. Rubbish from beginning to end. Don't buy.
Published 1 month ago by jilly skinner
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read full of twists and turns
This book was easy to get into and full of drama. A great summer holiday read which gives food for thought.
Published 1 month ago by Janette Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Tell a thousand lies
A fascinating story of the life and customs of rural life in India. I t had great pace and suspense, I found it hard to put down. I recommend this book.
Published 1 month ago by Janeth Dobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Couldn't put it down. Good storyline. Well written thoughtful read with plenty of food for thought! Would have no hesitation recommending.
Published 1 month ago by C. Gillard
4.0 out of 5 stars started too slow but soon got into it
The reality of some one being thought of as a goddess is a little unrealistic, but otherwise the storyline was good.
Published 1 month ago by shore wood
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising
This book had me veering from loving it, to finding it implausible and, finally, to not being able to put it down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by P.J. Wheeler
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