Girl Made of Gold is the first novel of Gitanjali Kolanad and I’m amazed how she has written such an enticing novel as her debut. Her writing is raw, though simple but looks fresh. I was twenty pages in and totally immersed in her narrative. First, the story shall bind you with its intriguing characters and then the mystery of the missing girl. It’s tempting, intense and beguiling.
The story is set in the times of 1920s of Thanjavur, a city in the state of Tamil Nadu. The times of slavery, caste bigotry, devadasis, zamindars, priests and faith. Kanaka, a young devadasi goes missing one morning when she didn’t arrive for the daily morning puja in the temple. Primarily, it was thought to be her laziness or unpunctuality until a golden statute alike her image appears before the deity. Following the advent of the statute, the story unfolds through the prospect of different characters of the village connected to Kanaka in some way or the other including the priest, Subbu, the grandmother, Vallabendran, Indra, Nagaveni, Ratna, the sorceress, and a few others.
I finished this book in two days and loved it till the end. If you’re looking for an appealing story of past times, then Girl Made of Gold is a sure pick. Trust me, this tale of devadasis, love, and desire will surely captivate you.
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Title: Girl Made of Gold
Author: Gitanjali Kolanad
Publisher: Juggernaut Books
Publishing Date: May 2020
My Rating: 4 stars