TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
I like to think that one clear thinking individual can use the tools in hand to bring about change. Atticus Finch uses law to bring about fundamental change in his small town yet it has a global appeal. I grew up in a US village in central New York where issues, perhaps not as boldly outlined as in the South, were evident. Reading this book in a time when civil rights in America were just taking hold with policies like reversed discrimination, I began to understand that the innocence that America wore like a cloak began to fade.
A FINE BALANCE
I have only been to India three times. Between my first eye-opening trip which was to Mumbai a month before terrorists attacked the Taj and the Oberai...where I had stayed... and the second trip to Delhi, I read A Fine Balance. The story describing the life journey involving an uncle and nephew who were untouchables, a widow and a student is told with cold compassion and clarity. I found that in my second trip to Delhi, I had a growing understanding of the Indian culture that allowed me to embrace India and all its complexities.