It is 1554. On a rare night of rain in the desert of Rajasthan, India, a daughter, Adhira, is born to a family of Hindu temple dancers just as a new Mughal emperor takes the throne.
Fearing a bleak future, her father puts his faith in tradition and in his last child for each to save the other: He insists Adhira "marry" the temple deity and give herself to a wealthy patron. But after one terrible evening, she makes a bold choice that carries her family's story and their dance to a startling new beginning.
Told from the perspective of this exquisite dancer and filled with the sounds, sights, and flavors of the Indian desert, Faint Promise of Rain is the story of a family and a girl caught between art, duty, and fear in a changing world.
Shortlisted for the 2016 William Saroyan Prize for International Writing
©2014 Anjali Mitter Duva (P)2016 Anjali Mitter Duva
I thought this was a really interesting book. It took place in a place and time that I don't know much about. I love things related to dance, so the fact that this book was about a family of Hindu temple dancers really appealed to me. It was interesting to see the role of women, as well as the role of people in service to the temple. I enjoyed reading the stories about the different gods of Hinduism, which I was not familiar with at all. I listened to the Audible audio version of this book narrated by Meetu Chilana. I really enjoyed her narration, as she has a very pleasant and clear voice. I'm glad I had a chance to hear this one.
Anjali Mitter Duva’s Faint Promise of Rain evokes the entrancing world of a 16th century Rajasthani family's deep commitment to ritual Hindu dance, customs, and spirituality in a changing world of political upheaval. Love, passion, duty, sacrifice and suffering all find thematic places in the interwoven lives of the omniscient narrator’s family members. The lightest touch of magical realism makes this faraway place and time even more enchanting. From blinding desert heat and brilliant color to the cool interior secrets of each character’s inner world, Mitter Duva beautifully renders images of dance and music. A truly fine debut novel. Extra special treat- wonderful narration of the audiobook by Meetu Chilana.
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