The very first sentence draws you into a shimmering jewel of a landscape that is Coorg and its inhabitants. The quality of prose is such that it stands up as a literary work in its own right , capable of transcending being merely `eastern fiction'.
The plot development is well paced and allows the multifaceted characters to gradually reveal themselves in all their rich humanity. The storytelling immerses the reader into universal issues of love, consequence and sacrifice. Particularly compelling are the astutely well observed characterizations of the main protagonists and the bonds between family and land. All of this reveals a story that has unfolded from rich first hand experience of the land and its culture.
What shines through is the author's empathic knowledge of the roles that women are sometimes forced to inhabit, the consequences of trying to break free of social shackles and what it means to be a feisty, spirited female living her truth far ahead of her time.