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Half Life - Roopa Farooki

In this compelling tale, novelist Farooki (Bitter Sweets) follows Bengali doctor Aruna Ahmed Jones, who has impulsively married a British physician, hoping to forget a tragic romance with her old friend Ejaz Jazz Ahsan, who she left behind in Singapore's Little India. A recovering drug addict, Aruna has suffered from bipolar disorder and had a string of miscarriages during her time with Jazz, leaving her in a delicate state of mind; inspired by a letter from Jazz's adopted dad, who, in a parallel plot, is dying in a hospital in Malaysia, Aruna decides to leave her husband and return to Singapore to face Jazz and the terrible news that tore them apart. Farooki's hypnotic narrative is driven by a delicate, probing intensity, full of grace and poignancy.


My Opinion:
What a fantastic story!
I am left with a smile on my face, thinking back on the story of Aruna. My favorite parts are the ones with Jazz in it too. Those characters together have great chemistry, and so should they we come to find out!
There are a few heart wrenching moments in the book, but they shape the characters and a story in a way that you need to hear those to get to the heart of it.
I loved how the author told this story!
I recommend this to all the people who want to read something different, almost Slumdog Millionaire like.

~I received a copy from GoodReads. I was not compensated for my opinion.~


  1. Reading the synopsis and your review I am intrigued. I might have to take a closer look at this book.

  2. I've seen this cover, but didn't really know what the book was about. It sounds like it would be a good read.


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