Faces In The Water

Faces In The Water What do you do when you discover an unspeakable truth about your parents The Diwanchand family boasted of having only sons no daughters The water from a magical well in their farmhouse was the reason

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  • Title: Faces In The Water
  • Author: Ranjit Lal
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • What do you do when you discover an unspeakable truth about your parents The Diwanchand family boasted of having only sons, no daughters The water from a magical well in their farmhouse was the reason behind this good fortune , they said One day, fifteen year old Gurmi sets out to look for the well and what he sees changes everyone s world forever The faces of three giWhat do you do when you discover an unspeakable truth about your parents The Diwanchand family boasted of having only sons, no daughters The water from a magical well in their farmhouse was the reason behind this good fortune , they said One day, fifteen year old Gurmi sets out to look for the well and what he sees changes everyone s world forever The faces of three girls look up at him from the water, and draw him into a world of fun, games and cyber magic and Gurmi has to face up to an unnerving truth as murky as the surreal well.What terrible crimes have been committed behind the walls of the rambling Diwanchand family home Will Gurmi and the ghost girls be able to avenge the evil that has taken place and prevent yet another unspeakable atrocity from occurring Funny, yet sensitive and immensely powerful, Faces in the Water is the story of lives lost to appease our society s insatiable hunger for male children, and the price families pay for its sake.

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    1. booksbyrotten/2013The ancient and rich Diwanchand family is famous for having only sons. You can sense the horrible secret behind this as you find out that all the children of this family are born in their ancestral farmhouse. Gurmeet or Gurmi, the only son of one of the Diwanchand brothers, is sent to live in the farmhouse when his house in Delhi is shut for renovations. His mother forbids him to step anywhere close to the well that is attached to the farmhouse.Like any other 15 year old, Gurme [...]

    2. I both loved and hated this book, so I'm averaging it out to 3 stars. Loved, because it's such a brilliant and courageous idea to write a light-hearted book for young adults about such a terrible social evil as female infanticide. Sometimes sad and sometimes really funny, with memorable characters and a strong element of suspense, this book holds your interest throughout. I also loved the Punjabi-family attitudes, the external solidarity and internal bickering, the infectious sense of fun, and t [...]

    3. This book is a hard one to rate. It deals with such a quintessentially South Asian issue , that you feel bad for both liking and disliking this book. You can't possibly like a book about female infanticide. Then again if you hated it that would make you one of **them**. Now about the story, I actually **liked** the way the topic was introduced and the fun quirky ghost story that followed. BUT I absolutely hated the ending. It just didn't work for me. The author was being an apologist when he nea [...]

    4. When my 12 year old gave me Ranjit Lal's "Faces in the Water" and said "Read", I was taken aback because though she is a voracious reader, she rarely does that. I guess she assumes that what interests her may not be of interest to me though there are a lot of books that I do read once she has read them! Keeping up with the times you know :) Anyway, "Faces in the Water" was a surprise. A pleasant one. Here is a book for young adults and maybe kids who are serious readers. A book that deals with t [...]

    5. WOW! Powerful, articulate and creative. What a way to empower a future generation of little boys to become men who understand and value gender equity. A really clever presentation of the gender issues in Indian families told from the perspective of an adolescent boy in a magical realism-esque novel.

    6. Faces In The Water is a book that deals with female infanticide in India I like how the author managed to tackle a subject as sensitive as this and presented it in a way that could appeal to everyone, even young teens. It's written well, in a way that captures and holds your interest at every page. It's definitely worth reading.

    7. dis is a v good book dis tells us abt d social evil i.e. d female infanticide girls r more powerful dan boys which is nt needed 2 b proved dis book makes us aware of d crises a family face becoz of its deeds

    8. An Ibsen-esque look at a social ill through a children's story. Lots of action but the end was a bit weak. It could have been tied up better.

    9. In my opinion, this is one if the very best books in Indian fiction. I usually don't like fiction, I preferred real life experiences and relatable books, but when I read this, I felt like I was in the book. This is the best book which represents the problem of female infanticide in an understandable manner. I give it a 5 star on 5 because this book describes brother sister relationships with great depth. I really appreciate the author and the work he put in this book. I didn't even realise it wa [...]

    10. Just because a book deals with a serious problem doesn't excuse the fact that it's terribly written. This book is terribly written. Good fantasy/ghost stories create a world that is "real" within the bounds of their "unrealistic" premise. There was so much unrealistic and weird stuff going on in this book (and I don't mean the ghosts) that it was hard to take anything seriously. The protagonist was left for 6 months alone in a farm house by his parents because their house was being renovated. Wh [...]

    11. I know some books which are praised for their ability to discuss disturbing adult topics like racism or rape through children's eyes without taking away the innocence. An even more desired virtue is being completely unsentimental about it. Ranjit Lal book does exactly this for me. His book has all the fun elements of a children book such as imagination, jokes, curiosity in addition of a big one- it deals with female infanticide. I would say Ranjit Lal managed to do all the things I asked above a [...]

    12. Female infanticide is such a difficult topic to introduce to kids or talk about in public. Yet Rajit Lal has beautifully discussed the topic in the most interesting manner. My husband read this book because it was a ghost story. My 8 and 12 year old kids read it because it was a mystery. I read it because it was absorbing. And we could actually have a very meaningful conversation about various tiopics that I had been meaning to introduce to the kids and yet had no idea how to do so.

    13. Ranjit Lal is rapidly becoming one of my favorite YA authors. This book is an absolute treat from start to finish. Lal manages to take the heavy topic of female infanticide and treat it respectfully, but in a way that is approachable. His use of humor is a nice contrast to the deep themes, and as in the Battle for No. 19, his female characters are wickedly strong. A must read for anyone wanting to learn more about India's addiction for male offspring.


    15. A unique story with its original plot showing the problem of female infanticide that plagues india even in these modern times

    16. I loved this book: I could read it dozens of timesBut the one thing I didn't like is the fact that the parents and the warthog didn't get punished!

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