Book Blurb – The Confluence A novel of family, adoption, and a mother’s love
The Kite Runner meets Monsoon Wedding during revolution in the Middle East.
The story of an Indian woman adopting her son as she brings her estranged family back together in fictionalized Sudan and Calcutta.
In 2045, Naina Ranjeeva writes a letter to recount the journey that led to the adoption of her son Nikhil. Decades earlier, she stumbles upon a lead on the location of her aunt,who had disappeared when Naina was just a child. After her aunt’s disappearance, Naina’s family also completely lost contact with her beloved younger cousin, Nitu. With her aunt’s location in hand, Naina takes the first step toward locating her cousin by traveling to the Republic of East Africa to search for her aunt. Her journey eventually leads her to Calcutta where she finds her cousin Nitu and his three-year-old son Nikhil. After two decades apart, the family starts to bridge the gap caused by years of separation, within the backdrop of political turmoil and revolution in East Africa.
Formats Available – Kindle
No. of Pages – 254
Book Review – The Confluence
The word ‘adoption’ in the title of the book caught my fancy and I picked this book as the first of the 26 Parenting Books which I am going to write about throughout the month of April for #AtoZChallenge.
For the first 20% of the book, I was quite skeptical about my choice and kept wondering if this book fits my agenda. The story progresses with Naina the protagonist, deciding to go all the way to political trouble striken East Africa to look for an aunt who estranged her own son along with rest of the family when she was just a child. As the Naina progresses, I see the various hues of emotions that the author tries to project. There is a young poised girl (an only child to her parents), who can’t let go of the thought of finding her cousin and having somebody who she could call her brother. There is a mother, who offers no apology for abandoning her son years ago yet given an opportunity wants to get to know him better. A young man, who wants to meet his mother after years in the hope of an apology from her and at the same time joyous over the extended family he has just found out, whom he could trust his son’s well-being with. And then there is a young couple, at the cusp of starting a new forever with each other yet not shying away from taking up risks and responsibilities pertaining to their family.
The story has remained with me for various reasons. One it is a young girl on the lookout for her extended family on her own. She could be happy in her own bubble and ignore the facts accidently thrown her way. Yet she decides to persevere. Secondly, every character is fighting emotions internally, but sensitive enough in their behavior to not expect too much from the other. Third and most importantly, this is a narration of a woman for her son who she adopted decades ago. The issue of adoption within families and yet the significance of the ‘adopted’ knowing full truth about his roots have been emphasized at the core of this plot.
All in all a very emotionally charged family drama with multiple cultures in the backdrop and enough familial bonding in the forefront.
P.S. – Adoptions within families are a reality of the society we live in. I have myself come across several such adoptions and often wondered how the ‘Adopted’ might feel about his parents giving him up. This book has helped me sensitize myself towards this aspect of adoption.
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