3 out of 4 stars
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The book Passage from India is the autobiography of HArold Mondol. In this book, he shared a lot of truths about his very adventurous life. He wrote about how strange his birth appeared to a lot of people because his mother was from the United States and his father was from India. He described himself as a product of an unaccepted social relationship.
He wrote about his childhood, his education, his romantic love relations and his vast cultural experience. He equally shared information about his work life in different parts of the world. Being very family-oriented, the author wrote extensively about his family and his role as a father. It's safe to say that the book focused on the themes of love and dedication. Harold learnt family love from his parents and inculcated the same in his children. He dedicated himself to his work, whether as a preacher in the Methodist Church, a videographer, a teacher or government staff. Harold was determined to live life to the fullest as he leveraged every opportunity he got to make something great out of his life by exploring new adventures.
The book has some positive points. I love that the author shared pictures from the events being described in the book. The pictures brought the events being described closer to home. I could see the places and the people, and it felt like I was physically present in the environment. I love that the author didn't bore the reader with stories not directly connected to his life. I see that with a lot of autobiographies, especially when the life of the author was not so eventful. I also love the author's writing style. He told the stories from his life in a very systematic fashion.
What I didn't quite appreciate about the book was the omission of commas in different sentences. It affected my enjoyment of the autobiography a bit.
It doesn't seem to me that the book was professionally edited. I found some grammatical and spelling errors in it. Consequently, I rate the book 3 out of 4 stars. I did not give the book a lower rating because I loved the sincerity of the author in sharing his story. He wrote about his successes and failures. I struck out a star because of the errors I found in the book.
I recommend this book to lovers of autobiographies, especially one from which they can learn about love, hard work, parenting and adventurous living.
Passage from India
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