Roots for a Life

Review of Soil for my Roots; Minal Sarosh; LiFi Publications 2015; pp 277

– Shana Susan Ninan

Belonging to a multicultural set of parents and grandparents myself, I can very well understand the protagonist’s search for stability and roots.

With traces of autobiographical musings, Minal Sarosh’s Soil for my Roots doesn’t fail to entertain. The author’s strength in poetry is visibly strong in her prose and soft narrative. The Money Plant is a recurring symbol in the plot. There is a constant search for stability, and a yearning to understand what goes around.

Angela’s story starts in the 1970’s and then progresses. Her school life, her friends, family… are all revealed to us in well-researched bits. There are many questions that she ponders over. How is it that my family is Gujarati but I’ve a name like ‘Angela’? How come my friends celebrate Diwali while I celebrate Christmas?

I loved the cover – a neat lemon yellow background, with a bottled money plant and some books, on an ornate table.

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Rating: 7.1/10 (7 votes cast)
Roots for a Life, 7.1 out of 10 based on 7 ratings

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