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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
I find it hard to put Going Home by Kumar Pillay into a niche or genre. It is listed as fiction-inspirational, but it feels like myth or parable and several other categories I can think of. The one thing I can say about Going Home is that it is beautifully written. There are scenes from several diverse lifestyles, yet they all ring true and they all convey a message and manage to teach us something. I read in an article not too long ago that writers from countries like India, that have their own particular cultural and historical emphasis, are changing the English language. I can see how. With a different background you get a different result. I think this is a good thing. English will have to grow, adapt, and change to maintain the level of influence it has in the world. Stories like this will help make that happen.
Going Home is a great mixture of scenes and ideas from both East and West. It contrasts two very different lifestyles without requiring you to pass judgment on either. Going Home is a unique look at life from a larger perspective than what many of us ever think about. When was the last time you opened a book where a character asks why a poor innocent child born in the slums has to suffer and die? And yet haven’t we all asked ourselves this? If you are at all interested in Eastern thought and philosophy, Going Home by Kumar Pillay is a great place to start.