The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi
Book Review: 5 out of 5 stars
In India in 1986, Mukta is only 10 years old when she is coerced into dedicating her life to the Goddess, Yellamma, little knowing that she is pledging herself to be a temple prostitute. But she is rescued from this nightmare and settles into a life with a family in Mumbai, where she becomes fast friends with an 8-year-old girl, Tara. Mukta is treated as a servant but she feels very lucky to have escaped her fate. But then she’s kidnapped and disappears. Eleven years have passed and Tara has turned away from her new life in America and has returned to India to search for her long-lost friend.
This is a devastatingly brutal book about sex trafficking. The author pulls little Mukta into your heart and completely brings her to life so all that happens to her is bound to move you. This debut author brought me to tears several times in this book. I think the thing that struck me the most was how resigned Mukta was to her fate. Her mother and her grandmother were both temple prostitutes so Mukta never felt she had a chance at anything better, although she longed to go to school and maybe marry one day. So few were willing to help these young girls, not even the police who were often paid off to turn their heads.
The beauty of the book comes from the strength of the friendship of Mukta and Tara. The tie between them survived betrayals and secrets. Though one had a privileged, easy life and the other had such an unimaginably hard life, they were true sisters of the heart. Their bond was such a pleasure to read about.
This is a very talented author who writes so beautifully. Her descriptions are so vivid and realistic. The subject matter of the book is one that’s close to her heart. The character of Mukta is loosely based on the daughter of a family servant, Shaku, who Ms. Trasi as a young girl tried to teach how to read. Learn more about the author and this brilliant book on her website at Author Website.
This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.