This book is the story of Kishan and Sophia two different people living in two different places in two different times twenty years apart which move in parallel and finally merge The author has described these two characters in detail and taken us on their life journey their ups and downs and introduced us to their childhood adulthood and their families Other than these two main characters other supporting characters have also been described in detail and have important roles to play in the story The author has iven space to both the characters alternating their chapters so the reader just moves with them
and the merger becomes a part of the narrative The language is the merger becomes a part of the narrative The language is and there are descriptions of different cultures Punjabi and Mexican The research that has one into the book is reflected The descriptions are detailed and some scenes could be easily visualized I felt that the cover could have been different The book is evenly paced and the story stayed with me for long after I finished it The story has friendship immigration struggle descriptions of history romance and family relationshipsA very well written debut Title The Rainbow AcresAuthor Simrita Dhir Publisher Om Books International Genre historical fictionPages 287Format paperbackIn this book two stories are running parallel to each other One is of Kishan Singh a 17 year old boy from Punjab whose dreams are ruthelessly washed away Devastated he sets off on a life threatening voyage across two oceans for a distant and unknown landOn the other hand Sophia s idyllic world in Guadalajara Mexico falls apart when she becomes a hapless victim to the ravages of the Mexican Revolution She battles hunger poverty and near prostitution before embarking on a perilous night journey across the border Will their paths cross in the land of opportunities that is overrun with racial and class barriers Grab the book to find outReview 1 The cover of the book is simple and sober while the title of the book is appropriate 2 The plot of the story is strong and captivating It is a perfect blend of history and fiction The migration of Punjabi farmers to California in early 20th century has been narrated classically 3 Love hope struggle happiness pain immigration family relationship etc are depicted so nicely that one can easily connect to all the emotions 4 In this book the author highlights the values of truth selfless love hardworkfriendship etc 5 Language used in this book is rich in vocabulary rhythmic and descriptive I liked the way of using the phrases in between She weaved her words like a magic 6 Two different cultures like Punjabi and Mexican are well knitted 7 Hats off to the author for her imagination and research work 8 The flow of the book is well paced which makes it ripping 9 Overall an inspiring and thought provoking historical fictionI highly recommend this book to those who love reading historical fiction One book Two worlds The Rainbow Acres is a lot to say in one book It is a novel and a memoir It is powerful and forthright The book explores courage self love kindness humanity friendship resilience recovery immigrants culture and the struggles of making peace with your heart This is a tale about survival and loss It is heartening how even in the darkest of storms the characters clung to the best of the worst of the world of life of pastWhat this book made me feel is hard to put into words It is a beautiful book that deserves much attention If a smile had a taste he was convinced that Sophia s would be the taste of chocolate Simrita Dhir The Rainbow Acres The Rainbow Acres spans continents and centuries of time to take the reader on a historic journey all the way from a village in Punjab with its rustic land loving farmers to California the new land of promise with its huge tracts of land rivers and the discovery of Sister of My Heart gold in 1849 A vivid lucidly told tale takes the reader over a roller coaster ride of adventure in realization of hidden human potentials thirst for unrealized possibilities and lust for exploring new horizons The narrative begins from Punjab home to a driven untamed unbroken nomadic farming people a restless community on the move through the millennia a curious people ever on the lookout forreener pastures for whatever it may take Kishan and Jaspal two village lads from the historic town of Noor Mahal in Punjab like many others of their ilk set off to chase the dream of a new life in the California of early nineties With little money and lesser knowledge about this alien faraway country they take on a long perilous journey across treacherous waters to write their destiny on beckoning acres of agricultural land of the Imperial Valley Kishan takes a tough call to leave behind the King Alfred's Version of St. Augustine's Soliloquies girl he loves and all that is familiar to him with amazing courage and faith in his ability to surmount challenges in an uncertain future Kishan is the epitome of. In the spring of 1916 seventeen year old Kishan Singh is euphoric in his village Noor Mahal in Punjab British India as he dreams ofoing to college landing a overnment job and marrying his heartthrob Roop Summer flies in with promise but ends in disaster when heavy rains flood the fields wrecking the cotton crop and triggering influenza which leaves behind a trail
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first spotted the Class of 92: Out of Our League glimmering yellow in the in 1848 Scooping it up andazing at it closely he could hardly deny that it was the coveted metal He however bit it just so he could be sure really sure before yelling out Gold These powerful opening lines capture the essence of Simrita Dhir s debut novel The Rainbow Acres The Rainbow Acres traces the tumultuous lives of Kishan Singh a boy from a small village in British India s Punjab and Sophia a irl from a small fishing village in the turmoil ridden Mexico of the 1920s I was reminded of the stories of Khushwant Singh and Gabriel Garcia Maruez Sample this In 1916 a heartbroken Kishan Singh heard the call thousands of miles away in a dusty old village Noor Mahal in Punjab British India A loud vigorous cry it shook his b A captivating debut novelThe title intrigued me as did the blurb This historical adventure cum love story drew me in with its tender yet passionate portrayal of two completely different cultures that come together thanks to overwhelming personal tragedies The story affirms that dreams do come true borne on the wings of hard work and perseverance The hardships faced by the protagonists are realistically heart rendingly portrayed and makes the reader cheer all the for their successesI enjoyed the imagery that made it possible to relive a bygone era in lyrical technicolor prose although impatient to et back to the action I did skim over a few of the descriptive passages The two parallel stories of Kishan and Sophia come together beautifully in the end A fab read The Rainbow Acres starts with Kishan a 17 year old who lived with his Aunt and Uncle at Noor Mahal in Punjab British India Kishan a boy from a small village with big dreams Having a teen crush on Roop the most beautiful How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead girl in the village and his childhood friend Kishan is always reading and studying well so that he could end up working for the British Government With that it will be easier for him to marry Roop So the Story starts with beautiful teen crushing story from blushing to storytelling from meeting secretly tooing on the other village for celebration from flirting to dreaming of kissing her It s the story of Kishan Far away 20 years back at Acapulco in Mexico lived Sophia Morales an adventure seeker irl with charming nature Always looking for an opportunity to live life fullest and listening to her family story moving from Spain to Mexico After the living one adventure that is life Sophia found herself passion for chocolate thus iving her an idea of making the most delicious milk chocolate The Rainbow Acres has 2 stories of two different individuals happening at 2 different times 20 years apart and finally merge into an exuisite family The Rainbow Acres tells the brave story of the pioneer Punjabi farmerscalifornia first spotted the limmering yellow in the
of California who started their journeys from Punjab in the early 1900s shortlyCalifornia who started their journeys from Punjab in the early 1900s shortly the California Gold Rush Undertaking perilous journeys they sailed across two oceans to reach California with the hope of claiming and farming their piece of this olden landMany of these pioneer Punjabi farmers of California married Mexican women who had migrated to California after having been uprooted by the Mexican revolution As a result a fascinating Punjabi Mexican community sprang up in California It was a beautiful coming together of two cultures a truly secular bi ethnic set up that came to exemplify a new and eclectic CaliforniaLife is an adventure and at what new turn life will take us to we don t have any idea So how do Kishan and Sophia meet What happens in their livesMy Take This book The Rainbow Acres By Simrita Dhir is a book filled with hope love friendship brotherhood family and respect Both the stories differ from each other in every way and the author Simrita Dhir has done an incredible job in describing every part of it admirably The culture traditions family history the war ear and struggle of that time everything is explained and fitted together perfectly in the story I like the way Author Simrita Dhir has written this book and tells us that life is an adventure The rowth of characters from childhood to adulthood everything is refined and well written Overall this is a story of proud Sikhs and conscientious Mexican together as a family So read now the most adventurous life of two individuals in The Rainbow Acres by Simrita Dhir From the very first page as I started reading I noticed author has nice rip over the language she has used uite a nice collection of ornamental words to decorate the tale providing reuited depthNarration is smooth and kept me interestedThe chapters alter between two peoples life who are actually the main characters Kishan Singh belonging from British India and Sophia from MexicoThe interior area of Punjab a village from where Kishan belongs is beautiful depicted his early age the way he Stitution before embarking on a perilous night journey across the borderWill their paths cross in the land of opportunities that is overrun with racial and class barriersThe Rainbow Acres is a moving saga of migration selfless love fortitude friendship and the uest for land and identity set against the backdrop of old Punjab early California and revolution torn Mexico. A disadvantaged young Jat Sikh farmer determined to chase his dream for success and a better life at the cost of any hardship and risk of the unknown When you ve earned money promise me you ll buy land is his s farewell advice to him The farmer s instinctive loyalty and passion is for land alone across continents and oceans calls to him to sow seeds of a new world and Kishan and Jaspal respond to this primal call Punjabi settlements began in the farming lands of Sacramento and Imperial Valley even as the California Alien Land Law debarred immigrants from holding land in their own name Another racially discriminatory law the early immigrants faced was the Anti miscegenation law which prohibited inter marriages between brown and white races Forever finding innovative ways to adapt many young Punjabi men who were unable by law to bring family members from India married Mexican immigrant women which resulted in the formation of a small Mexican Hindu community From being low paid labourers the Punjabi farmers worked their way up to becoming land lords and prosperity Mexican wives helped them skirt around the Alien Land Law as law allowed Hispanics to hold land in their names In other cases they had to make oral agreements with Anglos to hold their lands in ood faith Imperial Valley tells marvellous stories to rival those of humans writes Kishan to his white Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi girl friend AmyThe novel runs a parallel narrative about Sophia aritty Mexican immigrant who escapes from a state ravaged by civil war in her country to forge a new destiny for herself and her daughter in California Sophia s character with a name that denotes wisdom encapsulates the struggles and triumphs of women everywhere Sophia and her daughter Isabella forge an alliance with Jaspal and Kishan forming like many others a fusion culture wrought from their shared rural backgrounds and lower status The author has artfully interwoven the perilous path of rit and backbreaking labour which both Sophia and Kishan undertake to eventually realize their ambitions of creating a rainbow across alien lands The novel has much depth beyond being a mere story of immigrants and explores intriguing subjects like the amazing power of wild dreams and human triumph over seemingly impossible challenges Peppered with historic insights it is an intriguing epic which brings out the universal heroism and pathos in the struggle of immigrants who uproot themselves from all old roots nation religion community family and culture to search out new ways to anchor themselves in a vast new reality Title The Rainbow Acres Author Simrita DhirFormat Paperback Publisher Om Books InternationalLength 287 pagesSynopsisIn the spring of 1916 seventeen year old Kishan Singh is euphoric in his village Noor Mahal in Punjab British India as he dreams of oing to college landing a overnment job and marrying his hear MY SUMMARYKishan and Jaspal two young farmers of Punjab British India had met with fatal fates that made them lost their families love of their life "And Left Them With Extreme "left them with extreme In order to make their life successful as a farmer they started their journey to another end of Ocean America Will they succeedSophia lost her husband and two sons in an unfortunate revolution She left with nothing except her eleven year daughter and a long life to survive without any resources She started her journey of survival to Los Angeles Will she find peaceWill paths of Kishan Jaspal and Sophia crosses on their respective voyagesMY REVIEW This story is basically about sikh farmers who set their foot in California long back in 1900 s for farming first as a farmhand and then becoming a farm owner This story has shown their real struggle of leaving their homes and family back in punjab and making a life out of land in America Farmers without lands are treated as nothing but cursed Similar concept has been followed in the story Those who lost their lands in British occupied India found their Rainbow Acres in America Their hard work and struggle paid off and now they hold large part of farms and farm produce there Similarly the story depicts the struggle of those who lost their loved ones to riots and revolutionary fights in Mexico and made their Way To America To Have to America to have peaceful life This book is all about immigrants and how America became the liveable place for those immigrants of all different parts of the world and eventually becoming most powerful country This book has been a new and refreshing read for me I hadn t read such kind of book for so long Plot is interesting and intriguing Narration is beyond awesome and ripping Character build up has been reatly done Pace was well maintained throughout the book Language is moderately simple I liked how author used the words of different languages at correct time It was kind of punch to that scene Overall wonderful read A carpenter building a sawm. F dead villagers Kishan Singh’s dreams are ruthlessly washed away Devastated he sets off on a life threatening voyage across two oceans for a distant and unknown landOn a cataclysmic day in 1919 Sophia’s idyllic world in Guadalajara Mexico falls apart when she becomes a hapless victim to the ravages of the Mexican Revolution She battles hunger poverty and near pro.