There are elements in this story that takes time to open up.for a lot of us who have grown up in West bengal in the 1980 1990 would be privy to the subtle cultural nuances that laces the storyline.what I connected more to was the acceptance of moving on .I have lost my parents and at this juncture of my life when I know there could be myriad reasons why they separated when I was 7 yes old..It doesn't matter anymore.each time I visit calcutta my home town..I hear racy encounters ,conspiracy theories and incredulous episodes none of which are indeed nice. Yes they separated. Once my dad passed away ..The promise he had of telling me why they seperatedwhen I was grown up (I was 18 when he passed away) also lost his lustre.i found a lot of similar stories about my dad and mom in this book.i could relate to it.i decided to remember my family of happier times.after all now I stay in a different place far away and do not have plans to return home.not much remains to pull me back on nostalgia. Et all I found Belief to be eerily similar and hopelessly familiar. The promises of occult and supernatural spun story lines in my head and ill borrow it to extend my work. .With full credit to the inspirer. My only two cents of advice to apart a would be..The tone of the book at least in the first 10pages were very removed and impersonal. The durga puja description could have been a bit more fleshed out.i write this with a heavy heart as I sit on my balcony reminiscing the imperfect family I had and the belief often lying to myself to choose to remember it in its good times. All the best Aparna.
Enjoyed the flow of the story and the way every details of our very common life is presented. The author portrayed small important gist of the celebrations and mourning and loved the way she presented. Could relate to Runa's smell of Boroline, the pre sleep coconut well massage so very well..And it made her character more lively as if she is someone among us....Great mind work and powerful representation by the author!!
A story so engaging, makes the reader reevaluate themselves, their take on life and their outlook towards people. I love the winsome narration, how it revolves around the chaos and the loss of the protagonist yet she never fails to appreciate life as it seems to be.The micro yet integral parts of Bengali lifestyle and culture has been delightfully sketched by the author, that makes a picture appear as one reads. A short story not so short after all.
A lovely read that nicely tells the story of a small town Bengali family. Loved the way the writer has spun so many characters in the story. Each of the characters are well defined with distinct characteristics. The story ends with a lot of positivity. Waiting for more publications from the writer.
A good narrative woven with characters from a Bengali society. The story opens with the visit of the only survivor of a Bengali family who wants to look for the unusual happening that took place in her absence but ends up.... A very good attempt of Aparna....
If you have grown up in an Indian family, you can identify the characters which the writer brought to life with flair and ease. You know a book or a movie is good when you are still thinking about it even after you have finished it, this story manages to do so.