“Tell a thousand lies” by Rasana Atreya is a fast paced novel which gives you a vivid description of rural India. The book touches on so many themes. Skin colour, bleaching, teenage marriage, politics, sibling rivalry and most importantly, self acceptance.
The last theme can be said to be the central theme of the novel. We follow the life of three sisters. Malli the beautiful and light skinned older sister and Pullamma and Lata the twins. The story is told from Pullamma’s point of view from a childish 16years old girl to a grown woman. She’s regarded as ugly because she’s dark skinned with zero prospects at suitors since men require a light skinned wife even though her ultimate dream is to be married.
We follow Pullamma through her life at a rural village in India with her grandmother,her sisters and her grandmother’s best friend. From being forced to be a goddess, running to the city and all the other hardships and tribulations, Pullamma’s determination and triumphs, the book makes you feel like you are on a roller coaster. The book leaves you breathless but most of all, evokes different emotions in you…from anger at her using bleaching creams to joy when she finally accepts herself.
A real page turner and an excellent read. It balances between a young adult novel and adult novel and stays with you even when you are done reading it.
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