The Truth & Nothing But: A Family’s Ordeal!

Nayan Tara Kar
Outskirts Press, Inc. (2013)
ISBN: 9781478706052
Reviewed by Janet Reeves for Reader Views (02/14) 

“The Truth & Nothing But…..” is a captivating story of one family’s move from India to the United States in 1964. The book is narrated and told through the eyes of one family member, Nayan Tara Kar, as she talks to her father and recounts the events that changed their lives forever.  I found the book to start out a slow while I was figuring out who Kar was in the family and what was going on. At first I thought she was a young man then I figured out she was the first born respectfully carrying out the duties within the family. 

 Kar speaks to her father as she narrates the story of what happens to her family through their trials of moving to America from India. Learning to literally navigate not only the land, but the laws is a daily chore added to the tasks at hand as Kar’s father counted on her help on a daily basis. Things like having to drive on the opposite side of the road and what road signs meant for driving seem to be much easier for Kar to grasp than her father. Kar and her father walked to the University daily until they could afford to get a car later on.

Both of Kar’s parents were highly educated and Kar’s father was a published scholarly professor who moved his family to the US on a six month teaching visa at the University of New Mexico in hopes to remove them from the political upheaval in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). 

As the book progressed I became more engaged into the family’s ordeal. It was surely a sad situation for the two children to see the family’s heritage torn apart; it was like a tornado passing through the night by thieves who hid behind the laws that were meant to protect. 

I could really relate to the book on many levels because of what happened to Kar and her family.  I often think of her and wonder what she feels now after the long conversation with her father throughout the book. At first I thought it was odd having a conversation with her father, but as it came to my attention, this is what makes this book a unique read!

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