Friday, June 19, 2015

The Inevitable (Book Review)

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It often takes just a letter to make or break a word, in its placement within a sentence. Those sentences then get together to tell a story. Having the power or rather the knack of such placements gives a writer the power to conquer the world, by way of words- 'mere' words if they can even be called so!

A house on the mountains, amidst acres of tea plantation, the pitter patter of raindrops as they hit the roof and the surroundings, a hot cup of chai(tea) and your thoughts for company- sounds serene and a perfect scene for many. But wait. Think about someone who never liked chai. That is 'The Inevitable' for you. It's about the uncommon (I say 'uncommon' because where I come from, chai is the lifeline for many! ), the less thought about angle that exists albeit silently, yet inevitably.

Darkness, Bashir Bhai Ghadi Dega Kya, Kalimpong remain some of my personal favourites from amongst the bouquet of short stories presented in the book. Just like flowers arranged in a bouquet, each story has its own charm, structure, beauty and an origin that makes it unique. The poem that precedes each story seems to be the origin of the story that follows ( even though the author claims otherwise).

Thank you Ashay for a colourful bouquet of flowers that celebrates not just life but also the stillness, silence and yet the overpowering deafness of darkness and death.

The stories take more than few minutes to grip the reader. If you have the patience to let the tales transport you into their world to leave you at a wholly different level, go ahead! This one's for you.

-Divya Nambiar (

Author of the Book: Ashay Abbhi
Other contributions by the author: Chronicles of Urban Nomads by Sutapa Basu

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