The Orphan Keeper
This was such a moving, heartbreaking novel. It shed a lot of light on the child trafficking issues that are taking place & becoming a very real threat to our society. This young boy, named Chellamuthu, was stolen from his family, brought to an orphanage (the Lincoln Home Orphanage) & then sold to a family in the U.S. (the Rowlands) He is renamed Taj after living with the Rowlands because his mom is sick over how he is teased & mocked by the other kids at school. It takes him a while to adapt to a new culture, but then he becomes more American than Indian & as a young adult he starts to question his background & where he really belongs. When he dates & then marries his wife Priya, he gets a clue about his past at the orphanage through her family relation. He goes on a quest to find his original Indian family when he is back in India for his brother-in-law's wedding & he is determined to find someone who knows him or knows who he belongs to.
A very heartwarming story & it's based on Taj's true experience!
**If you've read the book, a neat resource to gain more insight into his actual journey is:
"Sometimes, just focusing our view, taking a new perspective, makes all the difference."
"Life will always be hard, but if we do our best, if we persist, we can make a difference --and good will win over evil, love will conquer hate."
"He'd found that although darkness encourages introspection, it also distorts life's problems, makes them larger & more pressing than they need to be. Worries...compound in the dark."
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