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London: Renita D'Silva's 'Monsoon Memories' - A fascinating debut novel


Daijiworld Media Network - London/Mangalore

London/Mangalore, Jul 1: You may be a Mangalorean living in any part of the world, but just a glance at the cover of 'Monsoon Memories' is bound to bring you back to your native land, at least in thought. Renita D'Silva's debut novel is a beautiful journey of discovery, a journey that weaves together a world as seen by a child with a narrative that is refreshingly reminiscent of a charming land called India.


Born and brought up amidst the picturesque landscape of Kallianpur, Renita moved to the UK in the year 2000 after her marriage, armed with a bachelor's degree in engineering. An avid reader since childhood, her love for books was kindled by her father who supplied her with a plethora of storybooks, and what evolved over the years was a storyteller whose first full-length novel narrates a fascinating tale.

Her stories have been published or are forthcoming in ‘The View from Here’, ‘Bartleby Snopes’, ‘this’ zine, ‘Platinum Page’, ‘Paragraph Planet’ among others and have been nominated for the ‘Pushcart’ prize and the ‘Best of the Net’ anthology.

Her debut novel, ‘Monsoon Memories’ was published by Bookouture in the third week of June. The novel tells the story of Shirin, who has been exiled from her family in India and settled in London. Recollections of her childhood stir in her a yearning to return, but memories of secrets and scandals that forced her to flee from India stifle her.

Back in Mangalore, Shirin's niece discovers a lost photograph, from where begins the 11-year-old's journey of discovery, during which untold secrets and painful trauma unfold before the reader.




Walter Nandalike of Daijiworld with author Renita and her daughter in London during an event

Says Renita, "When I started writing Monsoon Memories, I wanted, first and foremost, to tell a story. It was to be a story about us humans and our failings, about how we try to do our best but fail so miserably. That’s not to say it isn’t a hopeful book, it is. Monsoon Memories is set in an India I know intimately... I wanted to set the story among the Christians (in India)."

Talking of the evolution of the book in an interview she says, "The book began as a picture in my head: Two sisters sheltering on a veranda, gossiping over hot tumblers of cardamom tea, cozy and dry, while the rain drums on the tiles and whips the mud into slush...But then Reena (the child character) clamored for attention- a little girl on the cusp of adolescence who fancies herself detective...What if she found something, the mystery she’s always wanted?"

Her most unforgettable moment, she says, came when Bookouture agreed to publish her book. "When I opened my email and saw the message from Bookouture, ‘We want to publish your book,’ I was terrified.  I had been waiting for this for so long. I had imagined so many things, but I did not imagine the reaction I actually had. I kept on evoking God and jumping around the house, unable to be still," she says in her website.

The publishers too wax eloquent about the book: "Every once in a while, a book comes along that absolutely stuns you...Monsoon Memories by Renita D’Silva is one such book. We received a manuscript that immediately melted away the English winter frost and effortlessly transported us to India. We were mesmerised by the quality of the writing and captivated by the story that unfolded...With shades of Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things and storytelling reminiscent of Jodi Picoult we knew we had discovered an author with an incredible talent."

Renita is already working on her second novel, also set in India. The book is expected to be out next year, part of the three-book contract she has signed with Bookouture.


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  • Fr Valerian Mendonca, Barkur/ Udupi

    Fri, Feb 28 2014

    Renita D’Silva has bloomed as a novel Indo-Anglian novelist. Her Indian roots, humble though they be, have created a nostalgia ever to be cherished. Her childhood experiences have evoked an artistic re-creation of the rural life at Kallianpur in South India through her ‘Monsoon Memories’. The cover page epitomizes its contents. May her pen enrich Indo-Anglian Literature and revive our love for our motherland, wherever placed we are.
    Fr Valerian Mendonca, Barkur/ Udupi.

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  • Jessie Shiri, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Sun, Jul 14 2013

    Congras I am very proud of you. when I was small used to come to Kallianpur to my Aunt's place Mission Compound, Soans family. wish u all the very best.

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  • Walter Cyril Pinto & Joyce Dsa, Kalllianpur

    Sun, Jul 7 2013

    Hi Renita,
    proud of you
    9th is Milagres Annual Date Festival(Thaarikechem Fest)a monsoon special, this year rains have awakened teh memories of yester years!
    God Bless you
    May this book be the first of many to come

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  • John Rodrigues, Dubai

    Thu, Jul 4 2013

    Congratulations Renita.

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  • Archana Dabade, Udupi

    Thu, Jul 4 2013

    Congratulations Renita, waiting to get a copy of the book...

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  • Prakash Costa, Mabukala / Dubai

    Thu, Jul 4 2013

    Renita,

    Congratulations, for all your good work.

    It is with pride, I say 'May we have many more'.

    Prakash Costa

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  • Indian, Mexico

    Wed, Jul 3 2013

    Congrats Renita and all the best
    - You are my second senior from NITK who has written a book and an inspiration for me to write one.

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  • Ivilla Rodrigues, Shirthady / Abu Dhabi

    Tue, Jul 2 2013

    Congratulations Renita.

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  • Fr Mahesh D'Souza, Kallianpur

    Tue, Jul 2 2013

    Congratulations and best wishes to you Mrs Renita D'Silva. You have given mangaloreans a proud and Honorable note. Keep up your good work. Many more "memories" may come down to reality through your pen.

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  • Renita D'Silva, UK

    Tue, Jul 2 2013

    Thank you everyone for all your kind comments and wishes. I am overwhelmed. Thanks so much for your support. It is very much appreciated.

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  • Renita D'Silva, UK

    Tue, Jul 2 2013

    Thank you so much, Sister Hildegard. You are so kind.

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  • Malita, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Tue, Jul 2 2013

    Congrats once again Renita and wishing you success with your upcoming novel...

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  • Anil Dsouza, Kundapur/Dubai

    Tue, Jul 2 2013

    Hi Renita,

    Congrats. I am waiting for the book to reach to me.
    Its a great feeling when a person whose name sounds mangalorean achieve something. Very proud of you.

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  • Joyce D'Souza, Kinnigoly / Bandra / Dubai

    Tue, Jul 2 2013

    Congrats Renita on this great achievement. Hope to read your book before the monsoon gets over.

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  • congrats, Sr.Hildegard sra

    Tue, Jul 2 2013

    Dear Renita I am very proud at what you have achieved, please do more of this kind writing and be a great personality. Hats off to you.

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  • vincy alva, pamboor

    Tue, Jul 2 2013

    Congrats renita. Waiting for the copy of the novel. Good luck for the next.

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  • maggie, Barkur/kuwait

    Tue, Jul 2 2013

    Hi Renita, congratulations. Keep up your good work and May GOD and Mother Mary bless you and your family always and keep you healthy.

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  • Irene Sequeira, Derebail/Tracy CA

    Tue, Jul 2 2013

    Hi Renita I was very glad and exited to read about you on world famous Daijiworld. We are all proud of you. As the saying goes 'thande anthe maga guruvinanthe shisha' I say Thayi anthe magalu" . Yes truly it is the blessings of your parents & grand parents. Keep up the good work of writing good books about our Native place. Best wishes from Alina, Allen, Shareen, Sharrel, Prakash and Irene aunty

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  • Renita D'Silva, UK

    Tue, Jul 2 2013

    Thank you, Godmother and family. Your blessings and prayers have come to fruition.

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  • Rahul Fernandes, loretto, bantwal

    Tue, Jul 2 2013

    Congratulations Renita. 

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  • Renita D'Silva, UK

    Tue, Jul 2 2013

    Thank you so very much.

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  • Renita D'Silva, UK

    Tue, Jul 2 2013

    Thank you for this wonderful message. Yes, 'The Best Uncrowned Ambassador'- what an apt title!- has been very good to me :-)

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  • Anita Vaz, Kallianpur/Bahrain

    Tue, Jul 2 2013

    Dear Rennu,
    Look forward to reading your book. Don't stop writing. Congrats to Hilda Ma'am as well.
    Anna & Fly . K'pur/Bahrain

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  • Renita D'Silva, UK

    Tue, Jul 2 2013

    Thank you for your kind wishes.

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  • Ophelia Lewis , Kallianpur

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Congratulations Renita. Well done, wish you all the best.

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  • loyal Monteiro, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Congratulations
    Renita for your debut novel, I hope it be soon available in India :)

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  • Renita D'Silva, UK

    Tue, Jul 2 2013

    Thank you. It will be available in India soon.

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  • Max and Jessie Rasquinha, Managalore, Dallas/Houston, Texas

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Thank you so much, dear Renita, for your wonderful message about your recently published book "Monsoon Memories". Being a small and simple farmer the word "Monsoon" electrifies within me as I just love to be in India during the monsoon season.

    With the narrow roads filled with lot of pot holes and traffic jams, travelling in India during the monsoon is not a simple task. But with the love for the rain and all the good fruits that monsoon brings all over India, I wish the monsoon had spread little longer so that our rivers, lakes and farmlands are always filled with water. Timely rains in India is one of the best gifts God can bestow upon our leaders in India so that their leadership will prevail as strong as it should be, and that people will have plenty of food on the table and plenty of happy smiles on their faces.

    I would love to read your book. I notice that you have the "Best uncrowned Ambassador" besides you in London thru whose association you will sell cart-load of your books not only in England but many other places. You have today earned one more customer in the land of Texas. "Namasthe"

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  • Renita D'Silva, UK

    Tue, Jul 2 2013

    Thank you for this wonderful message. Yes, 'The Best Uncrowned Ambassador'- what an apt title!- has been very good to me :-)

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  • Namitha, Mangalore/Minnesota

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Congratulations Renita. I am just waiting to read the book. Wish you all the very best for your future publications. What an honor to be compared with Arundhati Roy!

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  • Renita D'Silva, UK

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Thank you so much, Namitha

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  • f.l.fernandis., bangalore/u.s.a

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Hi Renita,
    Congrats.Well done.We are proud of you.Expect many more like this.God bless you.
    Francis Fernandis.Vidyaranyapura.

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  • Renita D'Silva, UK

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Thank you so very much. Some of my husband's family is from Vidyaranyapura :-)

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  • eugine rebello, kallianpur

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    congrats and all the best.

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  • Renita D'Silva, UK

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Thank you so much, Eugene Aunty

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  • Severine/Henry Rosario, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Hi Renita, Congratulations. We are very happy and proud to hear about you and your achievements. Real talent from a small village! Congratulations to the parents and grandmother !! and also to Loy and kids.

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  • Renita D'Silva, UK

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Thanks so much for your wonderful wishes. This would not have been possible without Loy's unending, quiet support.

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  • Ron Rodrigues, London

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Hi Renita
    Congratulations on the success of your first book I am sure there are many more to come. You have made the Mangalorean community very proud and we wish you every success for the future. Once again, well done and may God bless you and your family.

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  • Renita D'Silva, UK

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Thank you so much.

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  • ceaser, pangla/london

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    all the best...

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  • Renita D'Silva, UK

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Thank you

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  • Hilda d silva, Kallianpur

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Well done Rennu,God bless mummy

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  • Renita D'Silva, UK

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Thank you so much mum, for your prayers, your blessings and for bringing us up the way you did. Without you, none of this would have been possible. I am so lucky to have been blessed with the best mother in the world, a woman I will always look up to. You are the most generous, warm, kind and giving person I know. Thank you for being you.

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  • Renita D'Silva, UK

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Thank you very much everyone for all your wonderful comments and support. I am overwhelmed. It would not have been possible without my parents' and grandparents' prayers and blessings. Hope you like the book. I would LOVE to know what you thought of it once you've read it. Thank you.

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  • HERI, MANGALORE/UK

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Renita,
    Very rightly said 'A comfortable but empty life in London'. Same feelings here! Have a very comfortable but completely empty life here.. Job, wealth, latest gadgets, beautiful and lovely wife and everything else is here, but the terrifying emptiness haunts me probably everyday of life.. The thought of mangalore mansoon, the overflowing rivers, grazing cattle, butterflies, green paddy fieldsn, those tiny birds and what not! A serious question troubles me everyday, is this wealth worth the tranquility of Mangalore? My homeland, my culture, my people, my beautiful nature, my little village calls me back everyday... I believe it would only be a matter of time before I revert to my motherland.. God Bless Mangalore..God bless India.

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  • Renita D'Silva, UK

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Thank you. It is true that nothing in life ever lives up to those carefree days of our childhood, running among fields, snacking on juicy mangoes, playing Lagori with friends, getting drenched in the monsoons, breathing in the smell of drenched earth and going home to red rice and spicy mackerel curry.

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  • Flora Dsouza, Kalmady (Jerimeri-Mumbai)

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Congrats and all the best...

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  • Renita , UK

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Thank you so much. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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  • Matilda Pais, Mulky / Jeddah

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Congrats Renita, Kallianpur is proud of you dear..keep going..God bless!

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  • Renita D'Silva, UK

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Thanks so much for this. Regards, Renita

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  • John Peter Fernandes, Moodubelle/Nottingham UK

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Congratulations Renita for your debut novel, ‘Monsoon Memories".welldone and Keep writing.

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  • Renita D'Silva, UK

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Thank you so very much

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  • Fr Prashant Madtha S.J., Bangalore

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Dear Renita
    could you please tell me whether this book will be available in Bangalore book shops? my email: pmadtha6@rediffmail.com

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  • Renita D'Silva, UK

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Thank you for this. It is not available in India as yet but will be soon. When it is available in India, I will contact you. Regards, Renita

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  • Andrea DSilva, Kallianpur

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Hey Renita,
    Congrats on getting your book published. Awesome Job!!1 So looking forward to reading it. Wishing you all the success for the coming novels.

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  • Renita D'Silva, UK

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Thank you so much, Andrea

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  • Collin Richard D'Souza, Kallianpur

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Hi Renita,
    Congrats. Well done. We are proud of you. All the best.

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  • Renita D'Silva, UK

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Thank you so very much for your wishes.

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  • Rudy D souza & Family, Kuwait, Omzoor/ Kuwait

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Hi Renita
    Congratulations Renita. Well done.I am so proud of you. Credit goes to your parents (Hilda Madam Kalianpur & Cyril D' Silva) too. Kudos to you. All the best to your 2nd Novel. God bless you.

    Rudy D' Souza Kuwait (Brother of God Parent Irine Sequeira USA)

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  • Renita D'Silva, UK

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Thank you so much, Uncle

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  • Vinay Lewis, Kallianpur

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Hi Renita, Congrats. Nice to hear about you and your achievements. A novelist born and brought up in Kallianpur, proud to say that i too am from that same locality. Once again congrats.............................

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  • Renita D'Silva, UK

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Thank you, Vinay.

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  • Stany Dsa, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Extremly proud to see another Mangalorean female author shinig worldwide. Other one being Giselle Mehta who recently released her book few months back. Wish Renita Dsilva all the best, soon I will buy this copy

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  • Renita D'Silva, UK

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Thank you very much for your wonderful wishes.

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  • RONALD, DUBAI

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Congrats and All d best Renita

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  • Renita D'Silva, UK

    Mon, Jul 1 2013

    Thank you so much. You've made my day.

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