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A feel good book about adoption and global linkages brought about by intercountry adoption.

Lunar Contrast
The Other Face Of The Moon: Finding My Indian Family
By Asha Miro
Jaico Pages: 243; Rs. 295
The return of an Indian adoptee to India and to her birth family is always fraught with strong emotions. Some of us envy the adoptee who was probably born in a poor family here, but now comes with the gloss of the West. Those of us who believe that relationships are deeper in India pity the adoptee for having missed out on this. The adoptee stands almost as our alter ego: someone who is, who could become, what we do not. The range of emotions adoptees evoke in us are huge and contradictory, any book on them is bound to have popular appeal.

Asha Miro’s account of her return to locate her birth family is a sensitive, delicately nuanced narrative. Adopted at the age of seven by a warm and caring couple in Spain, Asha grew up in Barcelona. She returned to India as a volunteer with a Christian mission when she was 21. Seven years later, she visited India again with a television documentation team. Asha finds her birth family and it is an intense experience for her, though the book is written so soon after that she doesn’t tell us what it means to her.

This is a feel good book about adoption and global linkages brought about by intercountry adoption. Asha’s adoption having taken place nearly 40 years ago, she does not discuss the current scandals that ravage intercountry adoption from India. She however points to the lack of support that vulnerable families face in raising children.

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