Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova
Arjun Kulkani brought his family from India to London in hopes of a better life, however, he was quick to find out – as many immigrants do – that the grass was not greener on the “other side”. A professional cricket player in India, Arjun is faced with country that treats him as a second-class citizen. His wife, Sunila, tries so desperately to fit in and gain the acceptance and respect of her British neighbors–to little avail. Arjun’s son – a quiet and awkward boy – is embarrassed by anything Indian. And his daughter – just as strong willed as her father – is quick to butt heads with her parents over anything and everything.
When Arjun’s younger brother passes away from spinal muscular atrophy, Arjun is terrified to acknowledge that he is experiencing symptoms of the disease himself. At first, the symptoms are mild–passing moments when his right leg fails him. But as his disease progresses, Arjun’s world shrinks to his immediate surroundings and he gives up more and more control over the events around him. He is now forced to rely on the wife he has never particularly loved and often mistreated, finding a new appreciation for the woman he spent his life with.
Losing Touch is a quiet and unassuming book that gives readers brief glimpses into the lives of the Kulkanis through the decades. It is as much a story of the immigrant experience as it is a look into the life of a married couple and their evolving relationship. I did struggle with the brevity of some chapters and the book as a whole; just as I was becoming invested in one storyline or another, the book would jump forward dozens of years leaving previously discussed conflicts unresolved. I did find the ending satisfying but never felt like I just had to keep reading and turning the pages. Losing Touch was enjoyable but did not leave a lasting impression.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by OneWorld Publications. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.