The Color of Our Sky

A Novel
Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (262 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the spirit of Khaled Hosseini, Nadia Hashimi, and Shilpi Somaya Gowda comes this powerful debut from a talented new voice - a sweeping, emotional journey of two childhood friends in Mumbai, India, whose lives converge only to change forever one fateful night.

India, 1986: Mukta, a 10-year-old village girl from the lower-caste Yellama cult, has come of age and must fulfill her destiny of becoming a temple prostitute, as her mother and grandmother did before her. In an attempt to escape her fate, Mukta is sent to be a house girl for an upper-middle class family in Mumbai. There she discovers a friend in the daughter of the family, high-spirited eight-year-old Tara, who helps her recover from the wounds of her past. Tara introduces Mukta to an entirely different world - one of ice cream, reading, and a friendship that soon becomes a sisterhood.

But one night in 1993, Mukta is kidnapped from Tara's family home and disappears. Shortly thereafter, Tara and her father move to America. A new life in Los Angeles awaits them, but Tara never recovers from the loss of her best friend or stops wondering if she was somehow responsible for Mukta's abduction.

Eleven years later Tara, now an adult, returns to India determined to find Mukta. As her search takes her into the brutal underground world of human trafficking, Tara begins to uncover long-buried secrets in her own family that might explain what happened to Mukta - and why she came to live with Tara's family in the first place.

Moving from a traditional Indian village to the bustling modern metropolis of Mumbai to Los Angeles and back again, this is a heartbreaking and beautiful portrait of an unlikely friendship - a story of love, betrayal, and ultimately redemption.

©2017 Amita Trasi (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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A very important book

A sad but compelling read...a story that needs to be told about the modern slave trade where young girls are sold into prositution in slums across India.

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Fast moving ,gripping ,emotional ,well depicted.

It was a great read I was so touched by the story and the life of both the girls Tara and Mukta was heart ranching I got so involved in the book I felt I was a part of it. I had to finish listening to it and finished it in a day. The book says a lot about the life of a devadasi
in India its awful that girls like Mukta who are so young have to go through life in such misery and pain.I hope the world will change for girls like Mukta and they get educated and this tradition of devdasi is abolished forever.

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Moving story of 2 girls whose lives are intertwined.

I was touched by the hope and innocence of a girl who lives through nightly horror and abuse. She holds out hope for her 1 true friend, Tara. I listened to it twice! Highly recommend !

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So depressing

I struggled to listen to the horrible life of this poor girl. So very sad. Definitely shines a light on the horrible lives these girls live. Well written but just constantly depressing and you don't finish this book feeling satisfied. You finish feeling sad. Not for me.

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loved it!

I really enjoyed how the narrators has the perfect accents and cadences to make the narration feel authentic and true to the culture the author so artfully portrays.

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  • DJ
  • 07-24-20

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A completely honest work void of some much of the fantasy that Indians and Westerners gloss over works about India. This is the real India, the reality of the value of human life in that country. Necessary addition to the body of literature. Sad to hear as a Westerner. Almost unbearably sad. But necessary to live as an informed citizen of the world.

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beautiful... kindness

touched my heart. love this book... kindness, love of others, and helping others without complaint.

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Heardworming!

Such a nice story, full of hope and love! Really enjoed it a lot! Thanks to the autor for telling this story. India is the place for me to visit.

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Wow

Throughout the book I hated the character Tara. Couldn't understand how she was. Without spoiling anything, her redemption was so deep I was in tears. This world needs more Muktas.

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Beautiful exotic story

The narrator was excellent! I felt the athmosphere of India in the story and her voice. The story itself was engaging, I could not wait for the next bit of the story when I had to interrupt. It was like a journey, just suitable during COVID-19 pandemia.

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  • Rosie @ 36
  • 04-12-19

A beautiful read.

This is Amita Trasi’s first novel and now I can’t wait for her next one! A beautifully written story and the narrators were just perfect and for me, that is so important. You get very involved with the lives of these two Indian woman, intertwined and yet so separate and totally different. The book gives the feel and smells of the streets of Mumbai, the dreadful conditions the lower caste woman can be forced to live in and an insight into how it still continues even today and how little they can do to break out of the life they are born into. A sensitive and compelling book which I enjoyed very much.

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  • Sigrin
  • 01-28-19

Friendship love and redemption

Beautiful written story of the despicable underbelly of the Indian mafia. Including human trafficking, prostitution, paedophilia and ancient rituals of temple slaves. Despite these horrific subjects, a gentle story evolves if two girls whose lives are intertwined but neither really knows the truth. It shows how human resilience and hope can sometimes be enough to keep going when all is crumbling around you. Some of the descriptions of the birds and the sky were so beautifully written it was such a contrast to the hell that Muktar was going through. This book had some very unpleasant moments, however nothing was written in a grossly shocking way.

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  • Yvonne
  • 07-27-19

SUPERB

Such a wonderful book.. Fantastic author. I will listen to it again and again. The reader is transported to the world these characters live in, the reader feels the emotions, visualises the location etc etc. I must add that the two orators used to read this book was just fabulous. I highly recommend this book :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-24-19

EXEMPLARY

I think I've mentioned before how much I love Khaled Hosseini's books - I am constantly seeking writers who write in a similar way and also who write about life in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. This book is set in India.. the writing in fantastic, you feel the emotions so deeply through this author's wonderful way with words.. the pictures created in the reader's mind by the superb writing is as good as anything I've read by the wonderful Khaled Hosseini. This is a lovely story, heartbreaking, real, gives the reader a peep into lives of people in the saddest situations. I am now a huge fan of this author... this is her first book - I am so looking forward to her next :)

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  • Eleni
  • 08-21-20

Engaging from the first paragraph

A really good story and very well narrated. Infect the duration is the best thing about this book. I did find one of the main characters very annoying though... I think the story was a bit loose around this main female character, her family and their actions. But it was still a really good read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-26-20

Brilliant

Such a moving story. Will bring you to tears and back. You will not be disappointed in listening to this one.