I received Breathing Two Worlds by ruchira Khanna as a review copy from BookR3vi3ws and am thankful to them.
Neena Arya, a Delhi-born goes abroad for further studies and decides to settle down there. Determined to be a ‘somebody’ from a ‘nobody’ she blends with the Americans via the accent and their mannerisms while having a live-in relationship with her European boyfriend, Adan Somoza.
When illness hits home, Neena rushes to meet her ailing dad. Tragedy strikes and amidst the mingling with relatives and friends, she finds herself suffocated with the two different cultures that she has been breathing since she moved to the United States. How will she strike a balance between both the cultures as she continues to support her widowed mother? Will she be able to do justice to her personal and professional life after the loss?
Amidst the adjusting she bonds with an ally and learns about ties beyond blood. On what grounds will she be able to form an invisible thread that she has longed for since childhood?
Breathing Two Worlds ventures into cultures and ethnicity allowing Neena to ponder upon her foundation and priorities.
Neena Arya, the only child of Neal and Nimmi Arya goes to the US for higher studies. There she finishes her studies and starts working as National Account Manager of Foremost Health Inc, a healthcare company in New York. She tries to be as American as the Americans there and blends with them.
She meets Adan Somoza, a person with an IT background, now a floor manager with a bar and is in a live-in relationship with him. She is friendly with his parents and twin sister.
One day, while talking to her parents, she realizes that her father is unwell and flies to India to be with them. Adan accompanies her to India. Once in India, she is caught between Indian customs and traditions and Indian expectations.
The characters are well developed and realistic and easy to relate to. Their feelings of the authors have been well described.
Through this simple story, the author talks about what we go through when we move between two cultures. First, Neena has to become an American to adjust with the Americans and once she is back in India, she has to adhere to Indian traditions.
The language is simple and the author has used Indian words to give the book an Indian flavor. But I must give her credit for referencing the words at the end as a vocabulary for the non-Indian reader to understand. The flow is good but I felt that the book could have been reduced a bit.
I loved the book.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from BOOKR3VI3WS in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.