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Review #1: Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer
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“All Those Tears We Can’t See” by Gita Audhya is the story of a first generation Indian-American girl and how she figures out her life and finds out that she has love for both sides of her cultures. We follow Monica, who believes that she is American at heart, even though both her parents are Indian. Although she loves both her parents and respects their beliefs and their customs wholeheartedly, there is a cultural gap that seems to never fill.
However, when Monica falls in love with Brandon, a Christian and American, her mother disapproves of the relationship. Samantha believes that this will put an end to Bengali traditions in the life of her future generations. Her past is holding her back from embracing the future with her daughter. To understand her mother better, Monica takes a job opportunity to go to India, and she tries to understand her mother’s perspective. When she reaches India, she falls in love with the country and its traditions and religion. However, tragedy befalls her and her whole family when she falls prey to rapists. What will happen now? Can she go back to America and share her new found love with her mother and Brandon? Will she even get the chance?
Coming from the point of view of a girl raised in America with parents from a different country, you cannot help but feel for Monica, especially when she is trying so hard to empathize with her parents and trying to understand their point of view. The relationship between mother and daughter was difficult, but it was real. The novel sometimes becomes devastatingly realistic and becomes an emotional roller coaster that you don’t want to get off. Gita Audhya did an amazing job at bringing these characters to life and she makes them real, breathing people that come right out of the pages and into the minds of readers.
Most of the writers who write about immigrant mostly exaggerate or create a myth surrounding it. They suggest that as soon as any immigrant lands in this foreign land they are eager to assimilate fully and quickly even sacrifice their precious preserved whole culture, and substitute with the culture of that particular country. I am sure that is not the whole truth- only the half- truth. Immigrant wants a better life financially – advance education, good paying job, no racial problem, enough money , a beautiful house and a good car and that’s all but when it comes to sacrifice their culture and religion they like to preserve which they like to pass it to their next generation. Only my story talks about this known true secret. Samantha is a very strong character and represents all immigrants. Monica’s character portrays all foreign born who is a product of western culture yet partially motivated to love their parent’s country and culture. The rape is nothing to do with that particularly country but shows the failure of a justice system.
“All those tears we can’t see” delivers a story of divergence of 1st generation Indian-American girl named Monica whose parents migrated to America like many immigrants for a better life. Even though she was brought up in western culture and went through growing pain and conflict, frustration and resentment all becomes part of her life as she loves American life style: food, cloths, and the freedom to choose her own mate she had genuine sensitivity and understanding towards her mother’s culture and Indian value as well. As in the seventies her mother witnessed ‘Naxalbari Zindabad’, ‘Charu Mazumdar Zindabad’, the writing on the wall of ‘China’s Chairman is our Chairman’ that failed revolution killed her father, the demand for huge dowry in seventies, and if not delivered provoke torture from mother-in-law that killed sister Priya, and the upbringing in traditional conservative Bengali family from Calcutta that shaped her personality provoke the conflicts between them in America.
The fragile and loving relationship between daughter and mother shattered over interracial relationship with an American boy named Brandon because her mother feared that her Bengali culture will be lost. To understand her mother better Monica now a journalist undertook a remarkable journey to India from her job assignment in finding out about her mother’s root that resists all American value and culture.
The story takes a tragic turn when Monica left for India, and Brandon was attacked as he was taking a seminude picture of a movie star as a photographer and then he became unconscious in a hospital. In India, Monica, thought she had found her own identity as an American, as she describes it “she is all American in heart” but she was partially wrong. She fell in love and felt attachment, and was fascinated by Indian people and their spirituality. Later when she was attacked by rapists everything went upside down for the whole family. With all those tragedies there was a silver lining in this book when Samantha (Monica’s mother) realizes that love between two people had no boundaries so she embraces and accepts Brandon who was Christian as her own family by breaking her predefined set of value about race and religion, and chooses the ultimate justice for her daughter.