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Tell A Thousand Lies,  Amazon.com and Amazon.uk bestseller since Sept 23, 2012. Shortlisted for the 2012 Tibor Jones South Asia prize

Praise for Tell A Thousand Lies

What an unexpected treat this novel turned out to be. From the first page, I was transported to India in the 1980s, a world where skin colour is everything and girls are brought up to be suitable wives. The dry, witty narrative gave me an instant connection with the heroine Pullamma, feisty and a little wild, but ultimately longing to be loved for herself. She will break your heart, have you laughing out loud, and take you on an emotion journey you will never forget.                                                                                                  – Jessica Chambers, author Dark Is The Sky

Like most westerners, my knowledge of India is close to non-existent – limited to having read Slumdog Millionaire and White Tiger. Tell a Thousand Lies is an eye opener. Rasana paints a vivid picture of aspects of village life that no tourist will ever become acquainted with. She is a gifted story-teller who brings her characters to life and takes us into a world we would not otherwise have the chance to visit. I highly recommend this book.
– Yael Politis, author The Lonely Tree

Tell A Thousand Lies is an emotional rollercoaster ride that makes you keep rooting for Pullamma as Atreya delightfully and hilariously infuses issues of class, religion, work, education, sexual roles, and the ties between women.
– Holly J Michael, book blogger (http://writingstraight.com)

This is a beautifully written story. The author’s ability to set the scene is so strong you feel like you are standing beside the characters as they live their daily lives. The descriptions of the land and the people pull you into the charm and the dichotomy that is India. The story is both life affirming and heart-breaking with a realism that leaves you wondering if these people are characters in a novel or are they real.                       — Karen Bryant Doering, Book blogger, (http://ow.ly/9PN3L)

Tell a Thousand Lies is a fast-paced story about a girl whose life is propelled by circumstances beyond her control from that of an innocent, naive teenager to that of a living goddess. Along the way, she sheds some of her naivete, but manages to retain her matter-of-fact manner of dealing with her circumstances, as well as her sense of humour.
– Vrinda Baliga, contributor to anthology Two Is Company and Other Stories

 

 

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  1. After reading this book, i realised how less i knew about the rural parts of my own country.Beautifully narrated and a well developed plot, this novel cannot be merely dismissed as a story but is actually an account of a dark-skinned girl with a fair heart.Set in 1986, in the heart of a tiny village in Andhra Pradesh,this novel introduces us to some characters which am likely not to forget in a long time. Dark skinned Poullama and fair Lata are fratenal twins with contrasting personalities. While the former dreams about marriage and a happy household, the latter wants to become a doctor. Sadly enough, they get to live not their own but each other’s dreams. Though the story is told from Poullama’s point of view, Lata’s plight is sympathetic too.
    The pace of the book is slow at first, diverting from one incident to another which can be confusing at times but gradually picks up pace and steadies on when the action starts happening. I, especially liked the occasional dry wit and humour of the heroine in the book which could totally be related to by me.
    Descriptive and resplendant with characters from our daily lives, “Tell a thousand lies” paints a sad yet realistic picture of rural India.
    Loved it!

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