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The Confluence A novel of family, adoption, and a mother’s love – AtoZChallenge Day 1

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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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Sonia Chatterjee April 1, 2019 at 9:59 am

So glad you chose to write about book reviews, a genre that brings out the best in your writing. Looking forward to knowing about a lot of authors and their books.

Vartika April 1, 2019 at 10:34 am

This sounds like an interesting read. Will check it out.

Rashi Roy April 1, 2019 at 11:30 am

Lovely theme and this book looks really interesting. Thanks for sharing, looking forward to it.

Esha Chakraborty April 1, 2019 at 12:06 pm

Great review… Looks like a promising read

Namratha April 1, 2019 at 12:19 pm

The theme you have chosen has given you the space to read a wide variety of authors I presume *tad jealous*. Will use your reviews to select one that I can read this summer.

Mayuri Nidigallu April 1, 2019 at 12:21 pm

I have an inter-family adoption in my husbands sie of the family. I had the same question you did about it too.
I guess this book answers a lot of them. Your review leads me to think that I would enjoy reading this one. Hope to do so soon.

Kaddu April 1, 2019 at 12:40 pm

“Adoption” is the word that caught my eye too, and made me check out your post here through BAR.
I have also often wondered about all these issues related to adoption, especially inter-family adoptions. You have does this review quite nicely. Makes me want to get this book rightaway.
Anyway, nice to connect with you through this AtoZ. Hope to see you around this month.
Find my post for today @ Acceptance Is the Key to Happiness

kushal April 1, 2019 at 1:01 pm

Hi Anupriya,

This one seems to be an interesting read & a very pertinent subject in today’s times…Great Post!

Anurag Singh April 1, 2019 at 2:03 pm

Look like a muat read book

Anu ji you are my Favourite

Varsh April 1, 2019 at 3:02 pm

Adoption within families is a reality and a way to keep the bloodline within the family. Have seen a few of these cases myself.
This book sounds emotionally charged and deals with a sensitive topic. Loved your review. Guess I’ll enjoy it too.

Abhijit April 1, 2019 at 3:26 pm

An interesting book to read.

Roma April 1, 2019 at 6:50 pm

You got me hooked dear. It is the kind of books I love too. Need to pick it up asap😊.

Hackytips April 1, 2019 at 9:26 pm

I have heard a lot many stories about adoption inside families. This book must be very detailed about it. Great review.

Priyal April 2, 2019 at 11:33 pm

This one seem to be an interesting read, will try to read all the 26 posts of yours


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