Undertow

Undertow

Loya is twenty-five: solitary, sincere, with restless stirrings in her heart. In an uncharacteristic move, she sets off on an unexpected journey, away from her mother, Rukmini, and her home in Bengaluru, to distant, misty Assam. She comes looking for her beloved Asian elephant, Elephas maximus, but also seeks someone else-her grandfather, Torun Ram Goswami, someone she has never met before. She arrives at the Yellow House on the banks of the Brahmaputra, where Torun lives, not knowing that her life is about to change. Twenty-five years ago, Rukmini had been cast out of the family home by her mother, the formidable and charismatic Usha, while Torun watched silently. Loya now seeks answers, both from him and from the place that her mother once called home. In her quest, she finds an understanding not only of herself and her life but also of the precarious bonds that tie people together.

A delicate, poignant portrait of family and all that it contains, Undertow becomes, in the hands of this gifted writer, an exploration of much more: home and the outside world, the insider and the outsider, and the ever-evolving nature of love itself.

Title:Undertow
ISBN:9780670093731
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    Undertow Reviews

  • Mridula Gupta

    A dysfunctional family doesn't just happen. The ripples created by one event can reach far and wide, affecting generations. Loya- half Assamese and half Malyali, has repressed her thoughts and emotion...

  • Smriti

    This book had no right to fuck with me the way it did in the last 50 pages. NO RIGHT. *crying*The book is about a 25 year old girl Loya returning to her mom’s hometown in Assam. She’s never been t...

  • Ankita Goswami

    I was a little conflicted about whether to give this book a 3 or a 4 star, after finishing it. The ending kind of ruined the whole experience for me, but until then the book was SO good! Right before ...

  • Krutika Puranik

    • r e v i e w •.Before I even read Undertow, I indulged in Rebirth, Jahnavi Barua's second novel which portrayed the beauty of motherhood. It wasn't all roses but I loved reading about the protago...

  • Contemporary_literary_threads

    There are some battles which we fight no matter what. 'Undertow by Jahnavi Barua' is one such book of fighting with yourself, and to find what we call a 'home'.📖Set in Assam, with a backdrop of hil...

  • Smitha Murthy

    I came to ‘Undertow’ after having read Jahnavi’s brilliant ‘Rebirth.’ The luminosity of Barua’s writing shines through in ‘Undertow’ as well - her love for Assam evident in the lush de...

  • Sahil Pradhan

    Jahnavi Barua paints a scenery in deepest and saddest of blues, a balm to the white toothed sea monsters that come with all their force to corrode the sands of hope on the beach of destiny, a undertow...

  • Chitra Ahanthem

    Told through the story of a small family whose members are estranged from one another, Jahnavi Barua's Undertow is a gentle yet intense narrative that looks at family ties, roots and moorings, questio...

  • Areeb Ahmad (Bankrupt_Bookworm)

    "On this day of mourning, not even the wind stirred. The only sound was the murmur of the river as it sped along, oblivious to the happenings of the city it flowed through. A city under siege and only...

  • Soumya Prasad (she_booked_it)

    4.5.**Controversial Post Ahead**I'm not a parent, yet, but I know enough parents to be able to say the following. Again, this is my opinion alone.Some parents ruin it for their children. In every poss...