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THE HEART KNOWS NO COLOUR (article first published : 2003-08-20)

The Heart Knows No Colour is a recently-launched romantic saga by Praba Moodley. Packed with period detail, it weaves the early struggles of Indian indentured labourers on a sugar-cane plantation into a rich tapestry of love, family loyalty and betrayal.

First time author Praba Moodley is an admissions officer at the University of Natal's Faculty of Science. She researched and wrote The Heart Knows No Colour during her lunch hours and in her spare time.

Her novel follows the life of Sita and her family, who arrive from India to build a new life in South Africa. The story of a young woman’s first love and forbidden passion for the English brother-in-law of the estate owner also tells of tradition and delves into the criminal underworld of early Durban.

"I wanted to show that 'indentured labourers' were people with fears, hopes and ambitions, and they should not be forgotten." As well as believing that there was a huge gap in this particular area of fiction writing, she wanted to write something that she would want to enjoy reading.

She borrowed books from the library on writing skills such as how to build characters and how to present a manuscript to a publisher, and found Jean Saunders' The Craft of Romance Writing particularly useful.

Praba Moodley worked at the University of Natal's Pietermaritzburg campus from 1994 until 1997 when she moved to Durban with her husband and began working at the Durban campus.

The Heart Knows No Colour is published by Kwela Books and is available at leading bookstores.




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