5.0 out of 5 starsBrilliant Book. Liked that each story was unique and ...
27 January 2017
Brilliant Book. Liked that each story was unique and held its own! Loved that each story had an underlying quirky strain! This is a commendable fiction debut for the author. An absolute must-buy for your bookshelf!
These Circuses That Sweep Through the Landscape is a collection of stories by Teajswini Apte-Rahim. The author must be given full marks for the variety of topics around which she weaves her stories. Human conflict, both external as well as internal, is a predominant theme all the stories in this collection.
Homo Coleoptera is a story about an aging man and his wife who refuses to age. This makes the man insecure. The story ends with his tragic death.
Thank God for Star Trek tells the story of a troubled mother and her young daughter, from the daughter's perspective. The story shows how TV diffuses tensions at least for some time.
The Mall works very well as an experimental story. It depicts the depression, insecurities and feeling of being lost among a urban-goer very well.
The protagonist of the story Cotton is the cotton itself. In the story Drinks at Seven the issue of how suspicion as to infidelity crops up in a marriage is dealt with. Sandalwood is the story of a woman who after almost two decades of marriage is thrown out of the house because her husband wants to live with another man. Her existence is only for cooking the food which her children like.
These Circuses that Sweep Through the Landscape shows insecurities, rivarly and idiosyncrasies of aging men.
Having praised the author for dealing with a variety of topics and bringing the conflict very well, I must warn the readers that these stories are too prosiac and are difficult to comprehend. I was unable to understand the end of most of the stories. I feel the stories or for that matter any literary work must be perspicuous that the readers are able to understand it. The author utterly fails to make the meaning clear. Also a veil of gloom covers all the stories. You feel disturbed after reading these stories. This may be termed as success of the author, but it wont appeal to most of the readers.
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We are surrounded by people that we often ignore, intentionally or unintentionally and in return what we get is simple ignorance. What you sow, so shall you reap, stands true in this case. But, have we always ignored the people or we just lack attention? What do you think?
All the stories are very distinct from each other however, the emotions and the commotion within is consistent. The story Homo Coleoptera is about Mr. Ghosh and his love for beetles, which are his prized possession too. A happy and a peaceful marriage, however the confusion and doubt within him about a certain fact, deprives him of the happiness he enjoyed.
The stories are impressive in parts, revealing in some while the characters cry out in some. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in reading fictional short stories which revolve around various human emotions.
It's a very beautifully written book. Each story resonates a very intense emotion. 'Mili' was exceptional. Read the story Mili. Was very touched by it. But why did the story end by Mili leaving him. If she came back to find her soul, then why did she leave. I have a slightly different take on it. I believe that if Life gives you a second chance, then one must hold on to it. Very Few people get SECOND CHANCES.If you do, it’s because the universe is telling you to LIVE. The last few lines I pharased in my words. Sharing it with you. "Any ways ", she continues, does it matter. Yes, it does , he said There was only one answer to that now. I held her fingers in mine and pulled her into my arms. She started to cry. Her heart wrenching cry, broke my self restrain. I pulled her even closer. Kissed her gently. We held each other for countless seconds. It was that moment , both of us realised that our souls had arrived. Arrived where there final destination is. And I knew. Love is here to stay. A calm enveloped us both. Eyes brimming with tears, we pulled apart, not leaving our hands even for a moment. We surrendered to the Power of Love. Because this is what I believe-that second chances are stronger than secrets. You can let secrets go.But a second chance ? You don't let that pass you by...Daisy Whitney