I have always loved rain, so living in England suits me to the ground but I do miss the fury and sheer drama of the Indian monsoon. Monsoon Memories initially started as a picture in my head: Sisters sitting on the veranda as the rain drums on the tiles above and farm women plant paddy saplings in the fields below. It was to begin with a story of the two sisters, one perfect in every way, the other dumpy, ordinary, eager to please. And it sort of evolved from there.
Here’s a short introduction:
Exiled from her family in India for more than a decade, Shirin and her husband lead a comfortable but empty life in London.
Memories of her childhood – exotic fragrances, colours, stifling heat and tropical storms – fill Shirin with a familiar and growing ache for the land and the people that she loves.
With the recollections though, come dark clouds of scandal and secrets. Secrets that forced her to flee her old life and keep her from ever returning.
Thousands of miles away, in Bangalore, the daughter of Shirin’s brother discovers a lost, forgotten photograph. One that has escaped the flames.
Determined to solve the mystery of an aunt she never knew, Reena’s efforts will set in place a chain of events that expose the painful trauma of the past and irrevocably change the path of the future.
An unforgettable journey through a mesmerizing, passionate land of contrasts – and a family whose story will touch your heart.
I loved the picture of the innocent little girl and fragments of old family letters and photograph on the cover, as well as the blurry tropical background. I found it moving and evocative.
Thank you so much. I hope you love the book just as much.
Renita, loved the cover design…beautiful
Thanks so much Rashmine
Love the cover Renita. Thought the corner photo is of Ryan & Tanya’s. Your name in that book is so unique and beautiful, it’s really meant to be an author’s name…So happy and proud of what you have achieved..Good luck.
Thanks so much, Aurea. You are a lovely friend:-)
Hi Renita, I am Rashmine’s colleague and what caught my attention was the line “Sometimes the hardest journeys are the ones that lead you home”. Looks like a book worth reading. Waiting for the it’s release.
Thanks so much, Srini. Monsoon Memories is about how hard it is sometimes to go home after you have burnt bridges in the past, it is about love and forgiveness and the power of family. I think it is definitely worth reading:-) Can’t wait till June to share it with all of you. Thank you for your beautiful comment.
Loy, mentioned about this book recently and I am looking forward to reading it. Good luck!!
Thank you so much. Do let me know what you made of it 🙂
I came across your book on goodreads and was rather intrigued by it. The cover is very fresh and appealing and the plot outline holds a lot of promise. I have entered the giveaway and if I get lucky would love to post a review on goodreads and my blog.
Nonetheless, wish you all the best and good luck with the book!
Thanks very much for your lovely comment and good luck! 🙂
Monsoon Memories! These childhood memories are not just Shirin’s, but the feelings of all the Indian girls in their initial years of living in London. After13 yrs in London, still India is my home.
I have enjoyed reliving the childhood with Monsoon Memories.
Thank you for this lovely comment, Kalpasrini. So glad you are enjoying Monsoon Memories.
Hey Renita, here’s my review 🙂
Thank you so very much for this lovely review, Khushboo. So glad you enjoyed Monsoon Memories. I enjoyed my chat with you too. Also, love how you have arranged the book- a beautiful photograph. Thank you.
I really loved Monsoon memories and hope to read more of this familys story in the future
Thanks so much, Rosie, for taking the time to write this lovely message. I am so glad you enjoyed Monsoon Memories and will definitely consider writing a sequel sometime in the future. Watch this space 🙂
i ordered monsoon memories online ,and the moment i held the book i knew it was a good one.i read the book in one sitting and it was amazing and very touching .every character had depth and power in them ,it felt very real and shirin’s character is as large as life !real good.looking forward to read the forgotten daughter :D!
Dear Shruti, Thank you so very much for this lovely message. I love hearing from readers and this lovely comment has made my day. I am so glad you enjoyed Monsoon Memories. I hope you enjoy The Forgotten Daughter too. xx
Monsoon memories is very lovely book, I could myself feel the pain of shirin and reena, while reading the book.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely message. I am so glad you enjoyed Monsoon Memories.
Mam just read monsoon memories. An amazing out of the box story which mesmerised me. Loved all the characters particularly Reena and vinod. In complete awe of your writing!!!
Dear Sanchit, Thank you so very much for this wonderful message. I am so thrilled that you enjoyed Monsoon Memories. Thank you for taking the time to write to me telling me so. It means so much. Best wishes, Renita