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Beyond Indigo [Paperback]

Preethi Nair

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Book Description

March 1 2006

A novel of painting, pretence and the strange ways in which truth makes itself known, from the author of One Hundred Shades of White.

Nina's lost her job, boyfriend and faith in her guru in the space of 24 hours. Unable to tell her parents what has happened, she puts on a suit every day and pretends to go to work.

What she's really doing is escaping to a studio, where she begins to paint for the first time in years. But when her work is spotted by a top gallery owner, she cannot admit she is the painter, and pretends to be the agent instead. Meanwhile, at home, she's agreed to an arranged marriage to keep the peace. Now there are too many layers of pretence and something has to give way - but at what cost to Nina?

This novel is based on the author's own experience of self-publishing her first novel. To lend the novel credibility, she invented Pru, a pushy publicist. Pru went on to be shortlisted for the PPC Publicist of the Year Award, but her cover was blown - it was Preethi all along.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: ISIS Paperbacks; New edition edition (March 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753173522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753173527
  • Shipping Weight: 503 g

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ACCLAIM FOR ONE HUNDRED SHADES OF WHITE: 'An absorbing novel about mothers, daughters, food and truth.' Closer 'A great read. Fast, funny and full of life' Shyama Perera, author of I Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet 'A genuinely moving novel!like the bottled spices that play such a role in the story, this has all its ingredients in just the right quantities to spirit away all negative emotions.' Daily Express 'She writes evocatively about childhood and there are passages of tight and lyrical immediacy!Moving description packs a powerful punch in this book about family, forgiveness and the power of truth.' Guardian 'A carefully woven tale that's exceedingly good' Company 'A dynamic author.' Good Housekeeping 'A sensuous and poignant novel!enchanting.' Sainsbury's magazine GYPSY MASALA 'A little gem of fiction!a mystic and beautifully lyrical book' New Woman 'A rich, evocative tale.' Company "A heart-warming read about families, forgiveness, carving futures and filtering truth." Guardian 'A luscious book, made lush with spices. Kindnesses and friendships abound, but so do hardships and hard knocks' Oxford Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Preethi Nair is the author of 100 Shades of White, Beyond Indigo, and Gypsy Masala.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Do you want to laugh? Oct. 29 2005
By Jervie - Published on Amazon.com
You know, it isnt often that one can pick up a book and within 3 pages be laughing out loud. Well, if you have never been in love, if you have never felt constrained by life, events, circumstances, family, political situations or religion, if you have never been unhappy and are not exquisitely sensitive, then you probably wont find this book funny or sensitive or clever or charming or romantic, but if you are a real person, this is a dynamic book which should transcend the cultures it depicts (I wonder, do you have to read Dad with an accent to really understand?), which is much better than its title. This is like one of the Roddy Doyle trilogy but based in Croydon and central London, this is a Working Title film to be sure one day full of routemaster buses (except they are no more and in fact the bus described has driver operated doors), this twists and turns like Pi, this is a graceful modern read and you will be angry when its time to turn the light off, or the working day intrudes or the person on the tube next to you moves in alarm at your laughter or heaven Forbid, it comes to its ending because you will want more.
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable and moving April 8 2013
By Cloggie Downunder - Published on Amazon.com
Beyond Indigo is the third novel by British/Indian author, Preethi Nair. It has also been published under the title The Colour of Love. When 27-year-old Nina Savani finds herself unemployed, her fiancé Jean Michel with another woman, a Guru sexually assaulting her and finally accepting that her best friend Kirelli is dead, she gets engaged. To a prospect the Indian marriage mart in London deems suitable. Her parents are overjoyed, but Nina starts to live a double life, indulging in her life-long dream of painting, the only way she can be true to herself. Somehow things snowball and she finds herself about to get married to a man she doesn't love, organising an art exhibition for a man who doesn't exist, and ensnared in a web of lies. In this novel, Nair touches on arranged marriage, the hype of the art scene, identity and, of course, love. In the mix are a Japanese greengrocer, an Australian artist, a wise Japanese woman ("Hurt, it part of life. Accept it part of life and it easier"), an Indian TV repairman, the Turner Prize, Cilla Black, a banished sister and the Tate Gallery. Nair's plot is original, her dialogue realistic and her characters are easily recognisable. There is humour and heartache, wisdom and wit. This novel has a slightly autobiographical feel as Nina's actions in getting her work recognised bear a strong resemblance to the author's own when publishing her first novel, Gypsy Masala. Enjoyable and moving.

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