My rating: 4 of 5 stars
There is a breed of bookworms who prefer reading novels instead of a book with short stories. I partially belong to that breed. Ofcourse I do read books containing short stories but then the 'liking' part depends on how crisp the stories are and the impact it creates on my mind.Till date I have come across few books like that(I don't mean to offend anyone. My scope of reading could entirely be blamed in this case!)
Praise to the author, Miss Kirthi Jayakumar, who has strung together such diverse topics and themes that the reader just cannot predict what the next page has in store. All one can do is to relish the beauty of the joy and pain of the proceedings as they are exposed, line after line.
The stories penned down end soon but their echoes linger long after they have been narrated. The excruciating nature of hurt, of overcoming obstacles and pain is something that has the power to leave the reader with a restless mind but then the simple yet amazing way of concluding the stories is magical!
It is not everyday that such stories are told. The fact that the author specializes in Human Rights issues of Africa, India and Central Asia and the Middle East, shows. The rich experiences gained while learning it might be one of the factors why this book remains an essential read for everyone. Yes, even those of you who would prefer to sit back and enjoy the slow unraveling of a single story!
- Divya Nambiar
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