The following is an excerpt from chapter 5, page 73. Here Jeet (Grans) is reminiscing to Rinny (Granddaughter) about her Uncle Ravi and Pa, who worked out in the fields - on the farm, and how she used to drop off lunch for them. She also recalls what her own Nan's used to tell her about working in the fields without any kind of machinery when her Nan's was growing up. Blood and sweat literally went into their labours when they toiled the land. Jeet (Grans) recalls all this, whilst she is sitting in her own garden.
"Gripping, intense, and thought provoking. Leaves you with the urge that any one of us can make a difference in the world to eradicate hate." - PD
"Relatable family, humour, lots of gourmet cooking and yummy food. But more than that not burying your conscious and being selfish. The grandmother, I just want to hug her. Don't stay silent, when you see something wrong taking place. Page turnover. Left me on the edge. Need more stories like this." - A
"This story resonates the pain of a lot of people / survivors that went through genocides / war. This book kept me engaged and it connected me emotionally with all the characters. Writing is so crisp and to the point. Jeet's character taught me resilience and optimism. She taught me however tough one's path is, we shouldn't give up and quit so easily. How hatred shouldn't be an option either. Whatever happened with Jeet didn't make her bitter towards anyone , be it a particular community or ethnicity. This book will help a lot of readers to get over any kind of trauma and understand the importance of family in your life that can help in your healing process. Author seems to be a food lover as I have craved for Naans and Kheer after reading a book. It's a heart-touching sweet story of a family. It made me angry at a lot of places , however cheered me up with a lot of love and affection that everyone had for each other, despite what the family had experienced. ❤I finished this book in 2 days and it was really difficult to put it down. Highly recommended." - MB (Sr. Talent Acquisition Specialist)
Throughout the novel, there are various thought provoking conversations and dialogues, that take place between the grandmother and the grandkids, or their friends.
On p. 190 - the reader will get to hear Grans (Jeet's) response to the friends of her grand-kids, who feel exasperated with the state of world affairs, particularly in regards to global hate.
I’m sure we would all want someone like Grans in our lives, to share pearls of wisdom like this.
The 'Foreword' of 'When The Sky Was No Longer Blue' entails a heartfelt thank you note to all on the front-lines, essential workers, and all those doing their part to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. The Foreword was written during the pandemic. The contents within the novel in regards to the social gatherings, hugs and so forth were written prior to the pandemic.
H. Kaur is a debut author of 'When The Sky Was No Longer Blue.' Seeing a rise in hate globally she felt it was time to share a story inspired by true events, so that we can all learn from history, and ensure a brighter present and future.