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The Rice Mother by Rani Manicka – Review

“The Rice Mother” by Rani Manicka is a Malaysian family saga depicting life in Malaysia through the eyes of 4 generations, spanning a period of 85 years. At fourteen, Lakshmi, the central character of the book, as well as the one the title refers to,leaves behind her care-free childhood spent amongst mango trees in Ceylon in order to marry a mature man in Malaysia. This naive young girl is forced to face all the harships life has in store for her from this moment onwards. Tricked into believing that her new husband is rich she soon finds herself struggling to make ends meet and support a family with a man...

the JAPANESE LOVER by Rani Manicka – Review

A breahtaking story set in Malaysia. Parvathi, the main female character, leaves her native Ceylon for Malaysia in order to marry a rich businessman as part of an arranged marriage. But her father has cheated, providing her future husband with another woman’s photograph, so when finally face to face, Kasu Marimuthu is angry and threatens with sending her back to her family in disgrace. Slowly though, husband and wife get used to one another and the naive girl becomes a sophisticated mistress of the luxurious, misterious, mystical  and out of this world place – Adari – ‘Remember I told you that you have arrived on one of earth’s few power...