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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
Although distressing, painful and despairing, Amita Trasi's writing portrays the resilient power of hope and the unbreakable bond of friendship in The Color of Our Sky: A Novel Set in India. Two young girls, with very different backgrounds and personalities, form an everlasting alliance. Mukta, born into a generational curse, is bound by the tradition of prostitution. Like her mother and grandmother before her, Mukta’s destiny is to be a slave to the Hindu goddess, Yellamma. Tara, born into prominence, is free to choose who and what she will become. Tara’s kind-hearted father rescues Mukta and brings her home to live. The two young girls forge a unique childhood kinship, believing they would always be together. Then one night Mukta is kidnapped. Their lives are ripped apart. Days turn into years, and there is no reason to believe they could one day be reunited. But, “Hope always outweighs reason.”
The Color of Our Sky is a story of monumental courage. I admire the eloquence of Amita Trasi. Through her exceptional gift of storytelling, she genuinely expresses the horror of sex trafficking without being repulsively horrific, and describes the profane without using profanity. She pens profound images of India, revealing the life, traditions and religious rituals of her native homeland. Through poetic metaphors and sensory descriptions, the reader becomes a part of the unfolding story. In this novel written in first person, you experience first hand what the characters see, hear and feel. You see the stars in the sky through hopeful eyes, you smell the despair and grief of the brothel, and you hear the cries of the enslaved victims. You cannot help but be touched by the inspirational story of The Color of Our Sky. This beautiful quote from the novel sums up this poignant story: “When you bind one’s thoughts with words that touch the soul, they call it inspiration.”