My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Caffè Latte, a shot or say two of bold, tasty espresso with fresh, sweet steamed milk over it... seems like heaven, already!
Guess the author knew well in advance that this book would leave an impact similar to the title of the book, on its readers. Just like the 'sour' taste from the Tannic acid that occurs naturally in coffee beans, each story leaves behind a lingering thought somewhere in the back of the reader's mind.
And yet, when it comes, the sweet steamed milk- the realization when the words of the story fall short just before the full-stop. The letters stop forming a chain of words. They simply leave behind a blank, clear page. That's when the reader's mind starts its own story!
Yes, it isn't a novel like his other books but an anthology that contains moments to be crystallized and lessons to be kept in mind for the rest of one's life.
I am glad that the author chose the choicest of coffee beans and served it to the reader in the form of Caffè Latte.
What I would like to point out here is that not every story needs a twist. Sometimes the flow of the story can be interrupted by a twist, in a negative way. One needs to be bold enough to try and incorporate twists in almost every story in the book. A good try!
I also noticed the typical AmitShankar-ness in this one, just like in his earlier books namely, The Flight of Hilsa, Chapter Eleven and Love is Vodka. What I mean by that is a bit difficult to express. To understand that, one might have to read these books. The frankness, a rebellion's undercurrents, the down-to-earth, on-your-face writing style left me with a smile on my face. But in my mind, the stories have just begun. May they take their own route and brave the storms that are bound to occur!
P.S. To the author: I am sure that Manju di, your sister whom you have mentioned in the dedication, would be smiling from up there, at the sheer unexpectedness that each tale brings and how it manages to bring down its curtains with each one as well! Just like in life and death. :)
- Divya Nambiar
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