This is my second book called “All those Tears we can’t see” which 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 USA. The book displays these two countries under microscope so that we can see clearly the differences between beliefs and way of life in each country and began to understand the challenges immigrants face. It was difficult and traumatic for Samantha (The immigrant in my book) to leave everything behind and start a new life where the language, culture, traditions, morals, beliefs and everyday way of life are totally foreign. To assimilate into a new country while still retaining one’s culture and beliefs, as Samantha puts it that it is her destiny to come to this wonderful country to serve her even though it is not her country.
“All Those Tears We Can’t See” is also a 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 all 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. Samantha and Monica both like the Spirituality, wisdom, music, dance, cousin and ancient culture in India but do not like many customs like dowry system, corruption in all level, poverty and marriage system. When English left India many families still followed the English culture in their household. Now the modern India brought many technologies to enhance middle classes wealthy life. The fragile and loving relationship between daughter and mother broken 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. 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 faced physical assault (based on 2012 gang physical assaults in Delhi, India) everything went upside down for the whole family and Samantha chooses the ultimate justice for her daughter. What will happen now? Can Monica go back to America and share her new found love with her mother and Brandon? Will she even get the chance?
With all those tragedies there was a silver lining in this book when Samantha realizes that love between two people had no boundaries. She made a big mistake by pushing her daughter to think like her eastern belief but Monica has grown up with western belief and morals. Would Samantha embraces and accepts Brandon who was Christian as her own family by breaking her predefined set of value about race and religion?