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When They Spoke Paperback – 2016
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How often have we heard our mothers and grandmothers justifying their possessiveness about old and rusted objects, refusing to throw them away? “They are mementos. They have memories.” How often have we sniggered, “As if these could talk!” Just as often as we have exploited every single object that makes our life easier and whose easy availability we take for granted. We have never wondered what it feels to be used, exploited, and consumed, only to be discarded without a single look of gratitude; after all, eulogies and epitaphs are only for human beings. When They Spoke is about 29 inanimate beings who wonder if it would be more apt to define us as non-living things, because, as each of them prove, their heart seems to be in order, and beating in the right pace!
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When Readomania published the book 'When They Spoke' (An Anthology) edited by Arpita Banerjee, I thought what's so different about this book than what we wrote as kids? Finally, after a bit of deliberation, I brought the book and lo! I just couldn't put it down. It broke all the "perception" walls I had built about it. I tell you what? It's not a boring run down story of things.
Each of the 29 inanimate things portrayed has a heartfelt adventure and it just grips you.
What's interesting is the way the common things have an uncommon story to tell. Each of the story has a different mood to it. A different turn to its ending and how the life span of the thing versus the humans have an inter-playing role in each.
Pick up the book, not because it is out of the world. Pick it because it tugs your heart. Pick it for its sensibilities. Don't analyze it. Just read it and soak into the emotions that each story brings forth.
Sometimes you don't need a book to get into the characterization of the protagonist. Sometimes you just need to sit and get into the feel of the different characters playing a central role. This book is perfect for that kind of reading. Buy it and set yourself to a lazy afternoon read. You'll not regret losing your nap time.
I thoroughly liked this concept; giving voice to the voiceless...perhaps they can also emote like us. A few of them moved me beyond my imagination. A must book for any serious reader, who wants something different from the usual fare of boy-meets-girl type of stuff.
Brilliantly edited, this book is an example of what is good writing all about. I would probably read some of these stories a second time for inspiration.
I wish I could be a part of this...wishful thinking, right?