Rebirth You Certainly Took Your Time To Show Up Year After Year We Waited Your Father And I Nerves Jangling I Never Gave Up On You I Want You To Know That In The Last Year I Sensed That Your Father Had Givenup And I Tried To Tell Him Not To But He Was Already Drifting Awayfrom Me And Nothing I Said Seemed To Make A Difference Any Rebirth Is The Story Of Kaberi A Young Woman Coming To Grips With An Uncertain Marriage It Is Also An Intimate Portrait Of The Passionate Bond Between A Mother And Her Unborn Child Moving Between Bangalore And Guwahati The Novel Weaves Together Kaberi S Inner And Outer Worlds As She Negotiates The Treacherous Waters Of Betrayal And Loss An Unfaithful Husband A Troubled Relationship With Her Parents And The Death Of A Childhood FriendWith Characteristic Restraint And Disarming Honesty Jahnavi Barua Lays Bare The Disquieting Predicaments Of Contemporary Urban Life And Reveals The Timeless And Redemptive Power Of Love Friendship And Self Renewal

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❴BOOKS❵ ✮ Rebirth  Author Jahnavi Barua –
  • Kindle Edition
  • 216 pages
  • Rebirth
  • Jahnavi Barua
  • 10 July 2018

10 thoughts on “Rebirth

  1. says:

    This book came to my notice when it was praised in the Literary Review section of The Hindu For the recommendation of some very lesser known books this has proved to be quite effective The story is of a woman from North east of India who lived all her life in the small city of Guwahati and suddenly has to experience of living with her husband in Bangalore Some details have been shared about her experiences of living in a small town which has remained disturbed for long but still exudes the warmth to its residents Barua has shared the pain and prowess shown by a woman in the most bizarre but utterly possible situations The inner conflicts and confusions ensued when the protagonist tried to grapple with the promises of motherhood and betrayal of her love has been shown meticulously This book should be read for the sheer fun of details of emotions and the discrepancies of life.

  2. says:

    Jahnavi Barua s Rebirth is such a delicate and under stated book that it is perhaps no surprise it should prove so elusive for sale, its publisher Penguin India rather archly reminds us on its contents page, in the Indian Subcontinent only yet deserving to resonate with a much wider audience.Hopefully, the frustration of restricted rights is about to change Barua s debut novel, set both in bustling, modern Bangalore and the Assam region from which she hails, has a real chance of carrying off the prestigious MAN Asian Literary Prize, for which it has already been shortlisted.If such an accolade does hasten the arrival of Rebirth on the global market, then it will be confirmation of the adage that good things come to those who wait a fitting phrase, also, for a story of which patience proves one of its finest virtues.Kaberi discovers she is pregnant shortly after her husband leaves her, ostensibly because of her failure to bear him a child He is a selfish, violent man, who is nevertheless still capable of occasional moments of tenderness This erratic behaviour lies at the heart of Kaberi s dilemma at the start of the novel to tell him, and surely hasten his return, or risk an uncertain future alone Rebirth is written as a monologue from Kaberi to her unborn child It may sound twee, but it is, in fact, an ingenious example of the effectiveness of first person narration deeply touching, but never sentimental restrained, but never frustrating patient, but always page turning.There are parallels here with another longlisted title, Anuradha Roy s The Folded Earth Like Roy, Barua underpins her work with a rich evocation of her surroundings, from the birdsong in the gardens of urban Bangalore to the slinking tigers and the irresistible and conveniently metaphorical Brahmaputra river flowing through the heart of her home region.Like Roy, Barua has the ability to flirt with clich to positive effect She defly avoids the obvious pitfalls this does not become a novel about keeping secrets, nor is it a familiar tale of a downtrodden wife trapped in an arranged marriage there is, in fact, no suggestion that being arranged has contributed to its breakdown rather a chastening experience for illicit western eyes sometimes too quick to judge this aspect of some parts of Indian culture.It is also emphatically, unashamedly middle class Kaberi has a doting maid and meets her friends for coffee shop cappucinos, while her husband, when he is around, heads out in a shirt and tie to provide for his wife and future child So what Who says modern Indian literature at least that which has breached international boundaries must be the preserve of risen up lower castes or religious fundamentalists This is a story of everyday Indians facing everyday Indian issues, and is all the better for it The setting for the latter part of the book switches to Assam, part of the lobster shaped appendage to India s far north east, and the childhood and family home of both Kaberi and her husband.It is a region scarred by political protests and insurgency, memories which remain particularly raw for Kaberi, whose inseparable childhood friend Joya was killed there by terrorists Home among family, it is sometimes easy for her to feel alone than ever.Throughout, Barua never loses her poise, never succumbs to the temptation to lend unnecessary urgency or drama to her story There are no scenes of pot throwing outrage at Ron s infidelity no attempt to use Kaberi s hormones as an excuse for erratic behaviour on the contrary, they afford her a renewed feeling of tranquility and empowerment.What Barua has achieved is something beautifully simple, achingly real, and which, for all its lack of what you might call a conventional plot, proves ferociously readable.It will leave you yearning for , both of this book and its author Hopefully, the publicity afforded by Barua s deserved shortlisting will belatedly give her the platform she deserves.

  3. says:

    I rate this like a 3.85, rounded up to a 4 I see that other people have noted that this book is only available in India I went to Penguin India for my copy which was surprisingly cheap with very fast shipping On my blog entry for this book, I appended a message to whoever gives a crap about availability of books nominated for international literary awards If you re interested, go take a look Now on with the review.Rebirth is Jahnavi Barua s first novel, although in 2008 she also authored a book of short stories entitled Next Door It is narrated by the main character Kaberi, and the narrative is addressed to her unborn baby, the type of thing I normally shy away from in my reading choices No wait I normally RUN from this type of thing However, to be perfectly honest, and much to my own surprise, there are several features that elevate this novel from being just another book of women s fiction or chicklit It has a vividly evoked sense of place and time, quality prose that does not fall prey to overdone cliches, and the reader catches a glimpse into issues facing not only modern Indian women, but a bit of India s ongoing regional, political strife that affects people in all walks of life There is also a nice, reflective symmetry at work that is well constructed the story takes place over the few months between Kaberi s discovery that she is pregnant and the first pangs of labor contractions, and as Kaberi is patiently awaiting the baby s emergence, she is also on a path toward her own.Kaberi is married to Ranjit Ron and lives a very middle class existence in a nice flat in Bangalore She has been working on a children s book for about a year, unbeknownst to her husband, and the book is now ready for her to begin the editing process But despite her environment, upscale life and her happiness about being pregnant, things are not so great for Kaberi Ron is having an affair and living with another woman, and has moved many of his things out of the flat Ron s behavior toward Kaberi fluctuates erratically often when Ron wants something from Kaberi, she usually acquiesces with little protest, but he is not above using physical violence on her from time to time Kaberi hasn t mentioned the pregnancy to her husband she wants him to return to her not because of the baby, but because he still loves Kaberi Actually, Kaberi hasn t mentioned the pregnancy or Ron s absence from their home to anyone the one friend in whom she may have confided early on was killed in a bus explosion during an insurgency in Assam, and Kaberi just lets on that Ron s company frequently sends him away on business When Ron comes to her to ask for a divorce, he expects that she will give in to his request, but Kaberi realizes that now she is in a position of strength, one that is only bolstered by a trip home to Assam when an unforeseen event occurs Obviously there s a great deal to the story, but to say any would be unfair.Yes, yes, yes, I know it sounds like the standard women s fiction chicklit kind of story, but there is an unusual amount of depth at work in this novel which lifts the premise of this story from what it could have been to something on a much higher plane The sense of place moves the reader from modern city where even in the midst of the city s hustle bustle an open verandah attached to a flat can be an isolating experience to muddy roads to the lush jungle near Bangalore and then to the scenic river views in Assam where people float on barges for parties, each with its accompanying wonders and vivid colors in terms of flora and fauna Moving along, the author never feels compelled to document incidents of domestic violence in graphic detail, nor does her main character wring her hands, bemoan her fate in a poor, poor, pitiful me kind of way, take revenge or take a lover to spite her unfaithful husband The spotlight is always on Kaberi, her sense of isolation and the slow realization of her empowerment that comes about as a result of her inner strength, and the prose moves steadily and is, if anything, quietly understated Finally, the author manages to weave in some of the political and social issues of the agitation in Assam, where people took to the streets to make their voices and agendas heard, only to be betrayed in the long run.Rebirth is a very fast read but a good one, and if this is Jahnavi Barua s very first novel, then she s off to a running start in her writing career I did get a bit tired of reading through longish descriptions of different outfits the women wore in this book, and the colors and styles various people used in decorating their homes it was just too extraneous for me to really care about and added little to the overall story But really, if that s the worst I have to say about this book, then that s a good thing I ll look forward to from this author in the future.

  4. says:

    Jahnavi Barua, yo are a genius What a wonderful read Recommended for all the literary lovers

  5. says:

    Book Review Rebirth 2010 by Jahnavi Barua Pages 203 Price 250 Genre Domestic Fiction Deals with marriage, infidelity, abandonment, pregnancy This book revolves around Kaveri who got married without knowing the man she is married to She has to move to Bangalore after her marriage which was far away from the place she grew up She has to start her life all over again in a new place, adapting to the circumstances without any complaints But in due course of time she has to deal with an unfaithful husband, pangs of loneliness and loss of her childhood friend as well as the death of her father.Only after the death of her father, she came to know the bitter truth from her mother why her father remained aloof which she will always hold a grudge about forever without which her troubled relationship with her father would have been settled much earlier when he was alive The story grips the reader in such a way through all kinds of emotions sadness, uncertainties of life, love, betrayal Raw feelings regarding bandonment as well as coming to terms with emotions so deep have been portrayed well The story ends on such a good note that the reader will feel triumphant at the end,feeling life is worth all the pain if it is to end in such a way Rating 5 5 Recommended

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    The title, Rebirth, might give you a sense of its subject matter but, then again, it mightn t The novel novella really is a first person monologue by a mother to her unborn child The child is waiting to be born not reborn but there is a sense that for the mother, Kaberi, a rebirth might be in the offing as she explores the state of her shaky arranged marriage, and of some tricky or unresolved relationships with family and friends.While set in India in Bangalore and Guwahati in the troubled province of Assam this novel does not have the noise and energy that often accompanies stories from the subcontinent It s quiet and contemplative Moreover, while it is imbued with gorgeous descriptions of the plants and landscapes of India, and while it refers to the ongoing political unrest in Assam, it is not specifically Indian in theme Its story is universal, that of the desire for love between husband and wife, and of the love of a mother for her child For my full review, please see my blog

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    Rebirth is a refreshing reconnaissance of the turbulent topic revolving female liberation This issue is poignant given the largely patriarchal culture in which the novel is set in Kaberi is an educated and modern Indian woman living in Bangalore with her husband, Ron After waiting for her to bear a child for several years, Ron decides to leave her for another woman Just after he leaves, Kaberi realizes she is pregnant and is now caught in a dilemma should she continue to live as an independent woman or should she succumb to the cultural norms by forgiving her husband and allowing him back into her life The author, Jahnavi, utilizes multiple narrative viewpoints to provide the readers with greater in depth understanding of the characters The novel starts in second person as Kaberi is talking to her unborn child it is effective as we are touched by the reminiscing of Kaberi as she talks about her husband Jahnavi subtly foregrounds the various issues concerning marriage and parenthood The fact that Ron leaves Kaberi because she cannot bear a child to her hesitancy to inform her husband about the baby because she wants him to come for her and not the baby, surface the tension between couples caused by bearing a child It highlights the totally different dynamic which comes into play upon childbirth.Jahnavi also employs powerful imagery to concretize the abstract thoughts and feelings of the character For example, to show how Kaberi feels when her husband abandoned her, Jahnavi writes The emptiness of the mornings had closed over my head until I felt I was drowning She uses long sentences with a lot of dashes to show interrupted thoughts This technique creates a cohesive flow to the writing and creates a holistic image of the things being described The biggest strength of the novel is Jahnavi s ability to describe the people and milieu in the plot She describes one of the characters, Mary in the following way Arrestingly beautiful face classically oval with high cheek bones, her bones are lovely and over them is stretched delicious skin, dark and luminous At one point, Kaberi says I worked myself into a lather of excitement And Flowers flamed across the city Apart from that, Jahnavi avoids being too preachy by preferring subtlety instead of overt messages For example, she discretely brings out the sacrifices of an expectant mother for her fetus Kaberi eats oats which she does not like and avoids seafood pasta which she likes The casualness of Jahnavi s writing also make the plot and characters relatable to the reader When Kaberi reflects on her childhood, Anyway, we grew up and then it was time for school The casualness of this sentence reflects how fast children grow up.

  8. says:

    This is a lovely book which deserves a wide audience Rebirth is a woman s journey into personhood Kaberi has been living in limbo, waiting and hoping for a child, waiting and hoping for her indifferent husband to care for her It was an arranged marriage, as marriages still apparently are in parts of India, and the gulf between Kaberi and her husband is than the difference in their social status and aspirations It is not just that he has another woman and that his so called business trips have escalated into separation just as the longed for child is conceived And inconceivably from a western perspective it is not even that he beats her It is because he believes that he alone has the right to make decisions about their future Kaberi, on her journey to personhood begins to see that she has not only has the right but also the responsibility to make decisions about her future and that of her child.To read my review please visithttp 2012 02 04 re

  9. says:

    Rebirth by Jahnavi Barua is a book which takes you through different dimensions of all the relationships a woman has with her parents, with her friends, with her in laws, with her family like neighbors, and most importantly with her yet to be born baby, and herself In the novel, while the protagonist, Kaberi, unknowingly goes on a journey to find herself, as female readers, we find ourselves too The relation between a mother and a child is highlighted, and that part of the story is not just touching, its divine, like the relation itself.

  10. says:

    Review at A Bookworm s Musing HEREWhat I liked The descriptions A beautiful, honest, warm monologue Kaberi s characterWhat could have been better Pace not enough to engage me from start to finishTo be honest, I liked the book, but somehow feel that it might be one of those books that read even better at the second read.

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