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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 --By Tejasree on 27 November 2017
An emotional book. Also depicts the difference of love of yester years with current. A generic read.... wants to integrate present generation of thought with the old one and minimizing generation gap. Every one will love the the character Gopal Shanker and the noble lady Rohini. An emotional touch --By Partha pratim bose on 10 January 2018
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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Excerpt from the book – A Hundred Little Flames
Shivani and Ayan now had a nice little chat going back and forth. It was more than two weeks that they had been doing this. She would reply to his queries within minutes of receiving his messages. He would do the same. He learnt that she was applying for a job as a senior features editor at an architectural magazine, as one of her areas of interest was interior design. She shared pictures of a friend’s house that she had designed. It was chic and contemporary, and Ayan liked how she had done the house up. She sent more photos of a store that she had designed. He wanted to see the place where she lived. She sent him pictures of her flat which she had styled with beautiful colours and modern furniture. Her flat overlooked an empty field where donkeys grazed.
‘Donkeys, in Pune?’ he had typed.
‘Haha. They keep increasing,’ she typed back.
He sent her pictures of Thekke Madom and she admired the natural beauty of the place. She wanted more pictures. Ayan began looking for photos to click, so he could share them with her.
One day his grandfather noticed him clicking photos and typing away on his phone.
‘Ummm ummm … sending messages to your girlfriend, are you?’ he asked.
‘Isn’t she the same friend who you stayed over for, when you went to meet her?’
‘I didn’t meet her alone, muttacha! There were other people too.’ But he didn’t meet his grandfather’s eyes when he said that.
The fact was that he looked forward to his phone buzzing these days. Shivani and he were gradually developing a very good friendship over text messages. They sent each other interesting things that they came across during their day.
One evening, when Ayan returned from football, grubby and drenched in sweat, he was surprised to see a car coming up the driveway to Thekke Madom. He wondered who it could be. Velu had certainly not announced any visitors, nor had his grandfather mentioned anything.
The car stopped and the door opened. Ayan stood there, wide-eyed, gaping.
Getting out of the car was his father.
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I didn’t expect the novel to be so emotional and convincing. It was different in many aspects. Every character was knitted according to the real world people. I could relate Velu character very much to the people in my native place. They will help their people whatever their situation they are in.
The strong and the main character is grandfather Gopal. He is not stubborn but still a rigid man. He is happy and content but still his memories haunts him. He is definetly a man of word, you will know what I mean when you read the end part of the book . The best portion in the novel is the dairy pages. Author didn’t play the part as a flashback scenes. I felt it as if I am reading a person’s diary. It was perfectly said through the words of Gopal and not with the Ayan words.
This book helps us to get to know the old age people mind and thoughts. It’s not the love and caring they want but sometimes we have to leave them with want they want. Gopal is of that sort. Ayan father was a typical day to day life father. Author took a controversial theme but gave a justice to that. Friendship exist forever in a relationship. The length of the book was really long. Could have reduced little short.
Overall “A Hundred Little Flames” will leave you with heavy heart and encourages you to have a long chat with your grandparents and understand them in a better way.
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.
I guess, there is a lot to learn here for our generation and the future generations. I do feel the book could have been shorter and the predictability in the plot exists, but Preeti Shenoy has won my heart again.
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