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A Hundred Little Flames Paperback – 14 Nov 2017
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A Hundred Little Flames is an out of the box story for many reasons. I particularly liked the way characters strengthen page after page. The letters in the prose add a great substance and the entire setting of the story is described beautifully, be it Kerala or Pondicherry. The people, weather, landscape, local delicacies and every little detail mentioned shows the amount of research that has gone into the making of the plot. Just reading about them made me want to visit these places and meet those people. Many a times we end up reading a book because it was recommended by someone we know or there are many people talking about it, but I pre-ordered this one knowing the amount of delight the author puts into her writing which is wonderfully contagious and thus serves the purpose. I had a teeny weeny issue with the number and sequence of letters that filled up the last part of the book and the sudden turn of events in the end which seemed like a deliberate climax. More importantly I like the way the story tries to convey a very important message, to look at relationships beyond what we think they are. There is more to an individual than how they are related to us. This was such a great learning lesson. --ByRaksha Bhaton 22 November 2017
It is a very good book and the content reflects the real situation. I wish all students or children living away from grand parents should definitely read this book. It consists of a love story that I have not imagined in my life. Such a pure and heart touching story which is very different from all contemporary love stories, filled with romance and lust. I'm myself studying away from home, felt an urge to visit my grandparents while reading the book --ByTejasreeon 27 November 2017
Contemporary story that deals with relationships. As a reader I enjoyed reading as the book made me wonder about things that I see around me. I could finish the book quickly as I could relate to the book. --ByBharanion 18 November 2017
About the Author
Preeti Shenoy is among the highest selling authors in India and has been featured on the Forbes India long-list of the most influential celebrities.
'India Today 'has named her as being unique for being the only woman in the best-selling league. In the past she has written for various publications such as the 'Times of India' and 'Reader’s Digest'. She currently writes a regular column in 'The Financial Chronicle'.
She has given several talks in many educational institutions including the IITs and IIMs. She is also an artist specializing in portraiture. Her other interests are travel, photography and yoga.
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The novel is based in a village named poongavanam (this is the authors creation, as she has mentioned it in the authors note) in kerela. The protagonist of the novel Ayan is sent to this village to stay with his grandfather and is asked to look after him as he has had a fall. When he stays with him he gets to know him better as, no one from his family is willing to stay or meet him. This leads Ayan to get to know about his grandfathers past life very closely. Ayan with the help of his grandfathers dairies discovers many new things about him that he never have imagined and is thrilled to know them. Things of his grandfather from past helps Ayan to compare his life in present. The book also showcases the life then and life now. This is all about the relation between them as he comes close to his grandfather. It is a book which will not disappoint you.
The characters in the book feels alive, as if they are there somewhere. Characters are well placed and the theme of the novel is very clear to the readers. The author has worked on the minute details in the book which can be seen as you read it. She has perfectly crafted the life 50-60 years ago and the life we live today. As you read further you can feel this contrast. The most important thing i loved about the book was the words used in the novels which are in Malayalam are explained at the bottom of the pages where they are used. This helps the reader understand the content in a better way.
I personally enjoyed reading it. I have also read other works form the author so i can say that she is best with whatever she writes. If you love fiction and want something unique to read then this is the book you must be reading.
Best book that i have read in a long time.
A great novel..
A gripping story with bits of modern contexts but mostly a deep insight into relationships. In today’s world there is something to learn about love from this book!
An aside - the description of Kerala made me want to go and settle there :)
U are just transported from this world to another which author is describing , such is the beauty and strength of her words.
Small small instances and simple words used to describe them make u feel as if , it is actually happening with you.....
And the topics of all her books have been very different and interesting.....
Waiting early to read another book by her....
About the book, another master piece from the author where it speaks about what life has in store for them. Speaks about love in its purest form. The description of the places in the book brings in a feeling of actually being there and experiencing everything first hand. A real page turner.
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A must read !!! Hats off to Mrs. Preeti Shenoy for writing such an masterpiece !!!