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All Those Tears We Can’t See addresses a lot of topics–immigration, opportunity, spirituality, myth, wisdom, class, customs, poverty, corruption and physical assault in India. It is a story of India and the USA.

• The new novel follows an Indian woman who migrated from India to America and finds difficulties due to lack of money and cultural differences but later have achieved “American dream” which is America’s achievement as well.
• It was difficult and traumatic for young Samantha to leave everything behind and starts a new life in the U.S.,

As an adult Samantha (or Shimonti as she was known as a child) races to her native India, now modern and much changed, in search of her daughter, Monica. Their fragile relationship of late has finally been shattered over the issue of interracial marriage. Samantha reexamines her life growing up in India. India’s heartbeat resonated from ancient times of harmony, in diversity. When Monica is physically assaulted in India Samantha seeks justice for her daughter as Samantha realizes that her daughter’s happiness should come first, and accept Brandon who is Christian as her son-in-law. But will she be able to move beyond her cultural beliefs to do so?

Reviews

Loved it! ****
By Reviewer Becky Holland
Truth-telling, hide your face, but you know it’s true – what a nice little read.

Life is hard – Samantha had discovered – but everyone can achieve the ‘American dream’ if they try hard enough. And, the young Indian woman discovers a lot more in the process.

In “All those Tears We can’t see” by Gita Audhya,the writer establishes an excellent story filled with a plethora of questions (and answers) revolving around spirituality, opportunity, immigration, tension and poverty. Gita also throws in a mixture of class battles, and domestic issues circling around Americans and those from Samantha’s past in India.

Samantha is our main character – and this story, “All those Tears We can’t See,” is a journal of sorts of Samantha’s life.

First, we look at a younger Samantha who leaves it all to head get a better life in America … and then, we see her going back to her homeland of India, to find her daughter who she has a turbulent relationship with as her daughter married a man who is not of their culture.

Her daughter, Monica, goes through turmoil, and Samantha is broken-hearted and anger.

It is through this tragic scenario – which you will have to read about it – that Samantha (or Shimonti) discovers the necessity and power of change.

Gita Audhya wraps what appears to be some deep doses of reality into a gumbo of intrigue, acceptance, mystery, growth, and yes fiction. She holds nothing back in her descriptions and use of the language.

And that is the kind of writer we need – especially these days. Entertain us, yes, but dear writer, if you can educate us or make us feel “woke,” then do it.

Gita Audhya does it.

From Chapter One, Gita Audhya had her main character go through a moment or two of angst – especially over the babysitting of her child.

And here is where we see her becoming more aware of the culture difference she was going through.

“Samantha looked at Patty and sighed, showing her frustration. it was in these moments that she felt so helpless in this country. Everything was so different here, the mindset in particular. It would be no less than a scandal in Kolkata (Calcutta) – a young girl bringing a guy into the house! But here it was a way of life!”

The paragraph above revolves around culture difference – and how bringing a many in to the house and not being married would create some drama.

And that is how the book goes – keep us on the edge of our seats – to see what drama is going to unveil next. Check the book out today.

REVIEWED BY
Becky Holland

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ALL THOSE TEARS WE CAN’T SEE
By Gita Audhya
INDIE READER
IR RATING:
4.0

The novel ALL THOSE TEARS WE CAN’T SEE by Gita Audhya takes a brave look at a range of true-to-life multi-cultural injuries from the physical to the psychic to the little deaths sometimes initiated against those we say we love the most.

IR Approved
Literary Fiction
Posted by C.S. Holmes (Jndie Reader), September 7, 2020

Indian-American Monica is in love with life and with a non-Indian man in ALL THOSE TEARS WE CAN’T SEE by Gita Audhya, while Monica’s mother firmly does not approve.

Gita Audhya’s literary novel, ALL THOSE TEARS WE CAN’T SEE, is a smorgasbord of painful delight as the traditions of one Indian family clash with the desires of a first generation American daughter while they reside in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

This story is ripe with authentic conversations that reflect palpable heat, especially within the mother-daughter bond. The characters, who deeply care for one another, desperately alternate between trying to understand each other and pushing their own beliefs regarding what is unquestionably, unassailably right. Overall readers are likely to come to care about the characters that are portrayed as conflicted, headstrong, yet ultimately beautiful regardless of the sometimes questionable decisions they make.

The novel ALL THOSE TEARS WE CAN’T SEE by Gita Audhya takes a brave look at a range of true-to-life multi-cultural injuries from the physical to the psychic to the little deaths sometimes initiated against those we say we love the most.

~C.S. Holmes for IndieReader

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Reviewed by Author K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite ***** (Five Star) Readersfavorite.com

All Those Tears We Can’t See is a work of fiction in the interpersonal drama, cross-cultural and realistic fiction sub-genres, and was penned by author Gita Audhya. The work is written for an adult reading audience due to the presence of some sensitive topics, plus complex issues of culture, immigration, and the sense of belonging. We meet Samantha and Monica, who both have conflicting emotions within them about their mixture of Indian heritage and the new world of America where their culture is not always understood or appreciated. As Samantha tries to reconcile her beliefs against those of her daughter, who is marrying a Christian man, so begins a fascinating journey of identity and family loyalty.

Author Gita Audhya has crafted a truly beautiful story of different cultures and different viewpoints coming together, and within it, there is a fantastic ideology of India’s history as the heart of the world, and the conflict of traditions versus modernization. The author handles some very difficult topics with grace and emotional realism, whilst also portraying a fragile but very important relationship between a mother and daughter who have a true love for one another, but also some very polarized opinions. I felt that the quality of the narration brought this across beautifully, and I also appreciated the commitment to history and small cultural details and differences, in which the author does a wonderful job of educating us. Overall, I would certainly recommend All Those Tears We Can’t See to readers seeking a unique perspective and some accomplished dramatic writing.

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Reviews By Booklife.com , The Title All Those Tears We Can’t See (2nd Edition)

Audhya’s tearjerker second novel (after In Pursuit of Love, Spirituality, and Happiness) explores the relationship between a contemporary Bengali immigrant and her American-born daughter. Shimonti Bose, raised in a middle-class Bengali family in India, got married and started life over in America in pursuit of the American dream. But Shimonti—now going by Samantha—feels torn between cultures, a divide that only deepens when she raises a daughter, Monica, who feels purely American and eventually starts dating Brandon, a white American man. Then Monica shocks and surprises her mother by accepting a journalist assignment in India. As she and Samantha travel separately through India, Monica begins to understand where her mother came from, while Samantha experiences being a stranger in a changed India.

Monica and Samantha both undergo transformations throughout the novel, illuminating the familial challenges of bridging cultures. Audhya has a gift for description and insight. However, her long asides grow repetitive after a time, and some of the dialogue sounds stilted. Her portrayals of Indian cities are rich and vivid, but readers may be jarred by equally vivid scenes of violence. Some Bengali cultural elements are described in detail for outsiders, but others go unexplained, leaving the book’s intended audience unclear. Indian and American racial politics play significant, sometimes contrasting roles in Samantha’s life. While she is conscious of being treated as an outsider in the U.S., she shrugs off anti-Black racism among Indians. She agonizes over Monica getting engaged to Brandon, threatening to bar Monica from her house and concluding, “I can never think of him as my own son.” Monica and Brandon’s romance is less than compelling; the key relationship is between Samantha and Monica, and the conclusion of their story will have readers weeping.

Audhya connects the past and the present through highlighting both cultural comfort and dissonance in relatable terms. The strongest part of the story is the complexity of the relationship between a mother and daughter who love each other very deeply but struggle to understand each other. This endearing, sometimes tragic story will resonate with anyone who has ever had a difficult relationship with family, and particularly with members of immigrant families who are working to unite generations.

Takeaway: This powerful and insightful drama will appeal to members of immigrant families that are grappling with cultural divides across generations.

Great for fans of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club, Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake.

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