Book Review: The Temple is Not My Father by Rasana Atreya


Ensnared by a tradition hundreds of years old, a woman fights for her daughter’s happiness.

From the author of ‘Tell A Thousand Lies,’ which was shortlisted for the 2012 Tibor Jones South Asia award. UK’s Glam magazine calls ‘Tell A Thousand Lies’ on of their ‘five favourite tales from India.’

Available on Amazon.


My Review

I chose to read this e-book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This story is short but full of emotion and tradition. Godavari is married to the temple. This is confusing to Godavari’s daughter, Sreeja, because she’s told that the temple is not her father. 

When Godavari was very young, her father forced her into the life of the Devadasis, those married to the Goddess of Yellamma, but over time have become no more than prostitutes. The only positive thing for Godavari was her mother who protected her as much as she could and Godavari ended up being sexually abused by only one man rather than many.

Godavari lives for her daughter and only wants her to be happy and not have a sad life such as hers. She sacrifices so much for Sreeja, doing what she believes is best. But is it?

I definitely recommend The Temple is Not My Father. It is short but powerful and informative.


About the Author

5771483RASANA ATREYA has sailed two-and-a-half of the seven seas, survived Disneyland and is hanging on to her sanity – barely – as she raises a teen and a younger kid who thinks she’s too cool to be pre-teen.

Rasana is embarrassed to admit she once worked in a job that paid real money. Happily enough, that phase passed, and now she finds herself the author of three books set in India, the first of which was shortlisted for the ‘2012 Tibor Jones South Asia prize’. UK’s Glam magazine calls this novel – Tell A Thousand Lies – one of their ‘five favourite tales from India.’

The other two are ’28 Years A Bachelor’ and ‘The Temple Is Not My Father’ (also available as audiobook). She has also written fanfiction for Toby Neal’s Lei Crime series. This novella is called ‘Valley Isle Secrets.’

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