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I just now completed reading “Peacock in the Snow”..WOW....WOW...AND WOW... I was hooked within the first chapter and kept going for two days until I finished it, what a wonderful story. I SO ENJOYED ITI love the mixture of history, family responsibilities, love and suspense. The story kept me captivated, hated to close it and I looked forward to reopen it.I would live to read a sequelExcellent Anubha.
Wow, I am sooo proud of Anubha; when we worked together at the Region of Peel, she would always say “I’m going to write one day”When I heard about her book launch, I couldn’t stop beaming; she did it!! My friend a writer and a damn good one too👌A lovely intriguing story, Peacock in the Snow, it is hard to put down as the anxiety is always there for what next!A readers delight and I can assure you it’s worth it...Have an amazing dayRita Sharma🙂Life is short; make it musical🎶
What a combination of thrill, romance and suspense . I read this book while travelling to India. Usually I sleep during my flight bur this book didn't let me sleep. My heart was beating fast to know what will happen next. Very well described the struggle of an immigrant who comes as a peacock to a total different country and dances in the snow . I would highly recommend to read this book. Really a master piece this book Anubha and looking forward to another one.
I’m halfway through reading Peacock in the Snow and can’t put it down. It’s on my mind when I’m at work and I’m eager to wrap up my day so I can curl up in my comfy chair and pick up where I left off. Can’t wait to see how this ends!
I haven't read a book in a very long time. Usually if it doesn't grab my attention in the first 20+ pages it ends up in the donation pile. With Peacock in the Snow I lost sleep. Every night for 4 nights I read until well after midnight knowing full well my alarm was set to 5am for work. I found myself distracted at work patiently waiting for quitting time so I could get home to Peacock in the Snow. I was eager to find out how Maya's journey ends. I thoroughly enjoyed this story especially my aha moment when I learned what Peacock in the Snow meant, where it derived from and the connection between India and Canada. Brilliant!!! The ending was the icing on the cake. Totally caught me by surprise. Well done Anubha! I look forward to your next piece of work.
This is a thrilling page-turner that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It combines several themes commonly found in Canadian literature woven together in an arresting story. The foreground story is the conflict faced by immigrants facing a new land and a different culture reminiscent of writers like Bharati Mukherjee, Madeleine Thien, Saleema Nawaz, and Kim Thuy. Added to this are healthy doses of the naturalist theme so common in Canadian literature identified by Margaret Atwood and found in the works of Fred Bodsworth, Frederick Philip Grove, and Margaret Ostenso, with a touch of that mixed feeling of terror and romanticism about the north found in Farley Mowat and Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk. This is a highly entertaining novel that also says much about contemporary Canadian society.
This book is like cinematic story-telling. As a filmmaker, I am drawn to the scenic imagery that is evoked in both India and North America. The image of a peacock, flush and vivacious, dancing on a frosty landscape; the ethereal picture of young love; a large pepal spreading its aura over a lotus pond on warm full-moon nights; the colossal haunted mansion, long passages, dark halls and menacing secrets; the whispering wind; chaos of Indian weddings and the tranquillity of Canada; rusticness of small-town Ontario, sparring with the Algonquin black bear, conifers under a pink sky, granite ridges and canoe rides on silver rippled lakes; husky- sleighs, inuksuk and the great white north. A complexity of symbols and characters. The aunties and the mother-in-law, the governess and best friend, the greedy agent, the idiosyncratic Sikh, Canadian friends and William. And of course the protagonist and her love. What intrigued me was the simplicity with which the paranormal elements were normalized, the ease with which they flew in and out of routine life. The story had the capacity of a rare connectedness - of pulling the weight of small details, incidences and characters from the past, to the present to the future. With so much to offer, I would be very happy to see this converted into a screenplay, one day.
As an ardent reader and critic of current literature, for me, not only is the subtext within this novel interesting, but also how it is contextualized. It encapsulates the habits, cultural milieu, prejudices, conventions of life and times in India and North America at two intrinsic and conjugal levels: the author's narrative and that of contemporary society.When authors, deliberately journey from a privileged life in the East (a relatively safe and predictable life that is none- the- less unfulfilling of all their actualization needs) to that of possible hardship, peril, autonomy and free-will, they carry with them unparalleled and elemental experiences, which if turned into literature, are unique nuggets that mark the trajectory of societal history. Anubha Mehta is that author and her novel Peacock in the snow is that landmark novel.I would recommend everyone to read this highly entertaining and intriguing book.
I was intrigued by the protagonist Maya. Vulnerable, sensitive, a survivor. For me, this book wasn't about Delhi's middle-class opulence, or immigrant integration or even a lost love (although it had all these ingredients). We started with a central conflict of why Maya was marrying if she didn't want to? And then discovered that the reason for Maya's hesitancy was exactly what pulled her through to the end. I was hooked. As the story unfolded we saw another side of Maya's surprisingly brave, curious, and adventurous spirit. Through Maya's eyes, we saw mundane life and bizarre hauntings. Maya represented today's women. She had to learn to be courageous in unique ways. Navigate the world of living and dead, over two continents. Maya had to travel far to find her peace. She was loving, flawed and hopeful and so human. Was there a bit of an autobiographical note of the author? With a beautiful ending, this book resonated with many bestsellers and is not to be missed.
Bold, feisty and fabulous. The peacock as a messenger of dreaming and embracing infinite possibilities. Snow as a channel of energy flowing from a higher spiritual plane. Intriguing, mesmerizing and mystical, the book's sheer simplicity is overwhelming.