Top positive review
An Outstanding contribution to relationships with self and others
6 October 2017
We That Are Young is a highly original novel providing frame by frame events of King Lear by William Shakespear in modern India. Although, you don't need to have read the play as the story is complete in itself. Highly enjoyable and there is no dumbing down as you have to engage with it and stay with it to savour the character details of the protagonists.
The novel has the beautiful, appropriate, poetry of Kabir and the theme ghazal ( Urdu/ Persian/ Arabic poem form about love and loss and separation) by Hafeez Julundhri (1900 -1982) on page 203. Preti Taneja has revived the theme ghazal 'Abhi to main Jawaan Huun' beautifully in the modern context of 'We That are Young.' This fact in itself makes the book unique. Millions of people in India , Pakistan, and the diaspora in UK, USA & Europe, Africa & Asia who have enjoyed the poem will find this connection fascinating. ( Abhi To Main Jawan Hoon
by Malika Pukhraj, download the mp3 recording from your local Amazon store)
Taneja makes a powerful link between the opening scenes of King Lear that start with the division of a kingdom with the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947 into Pakistan and India. The book captures most if not all the messages from Lear in the contemporary setting in India.
The book will leave you thinking and be reflecting for days afterwards about the issues it raises including relationships & friendships with yourself and with others. An outstanding read.