Dancing to the Flute by Manisha Jolie Amin
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The unforgettable story of three young friends making their way in the world - told with warmth, music, clarity and simplicity, it speaks directly to the heart.

Abandoned as a young child, Kalu, a cheeky street kid, has against all odds carved out a life for himself in rural India. In the quiet village of Hastinapore, Kalu makes friends: Bal, the solitary buffalo boy, and Malti, a gentle servant girl, who, with her mistress, Ganga Ba, has watched out for Kalu from the first day.

Perched high in the branches of a banyan tree, Kalu chooses a leaf, rolls it tightly and, doing what he's done for as long as he can remember, blows through it. His pure simple notes dance through the air attracting a travelling healer whose interest will change Kalu's life forever, setting him on a path he would never have dreamed possible, testing his self-belief and his friendships.

With all the energy and colour of India and its people, Dancing to the Flute is a magical, heart-warming story of this community's joys and sorrows, the nature of friendship and the astonishing transformative powers of music.
 

About Manisha Jolie Amin

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Manisha Jolie Amin was born in Kenya to Indian parents. Though her family immigrated to Australia when she was a young girl, she grew up listening to her mother tell her and her sister mythical tales about India while her father played the Indian flute. Today, she lives in Sydney, Australia.
 
Published March 21, 2012 by Allen & Unwin. 320 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Vaid Dada returns and tells Kalu his payment will require Kalu to follow him to the mountain retreat of Vaid Dada’s brother, a reclusive musician who retired when “applause and adulation became more important than…the music itself.” As the tale unfolds, Kalu becomes surrogate son to his mentor, G...

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A little boy appears in an Indian village, not remembering his name or where he was from.

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