Does one’s personal history flow like a hidden river beneath the life one leads outwardly, from day to day, month after month, year in and year out? Do clocks exist in that secret world? And mirrors?’ Set in urban, middle class India, these 18 stories, defying easy categorization, are a true miscellany reflecting the uncertain, illogical and vibrant nature of our times. Here boundaries between the real and the phantasmal blur: malls become haunted places, golf clubs and airport halls are the crossroads where past and present selves meet and greet. Chronicling the isolation, insecurities, hidden angst, subtle passion and secret longings that underlie ordinary lives and relationships, these stories weave in themes as diverse as memory and the emotional residue it produces, the elusiveness of identity, the rigours of role play, the convolutions of a double life, the complexity of shadow wives. By turns sweet, sad, poignant, funny and mysterious, they draw us into their separate and compact worlds and linger with us awhile..
Promising to keep you interested with its dexterity of characters that spring out to your side and explain their versions and share their life with you. It is interesting to say the least as some of the stories really touched me. The pain, emotions and the easily forgotten small incidents we all encounter in life are portrayed with flamboyance. Madhavi S Mahadevan has carefully strung 18 different unique pearls, sorry soul stirring stories, on a nerve and served it up to us in this book.Overall the book is an excellent read and I love the selection set in modern India are highly recommend.
Vamshi Krishna A , Vamshi aka Tiger is a positive psychologist, marketing fanatic, branding strategist handling branding at one of top builders in India.