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Minakhi has managed to capture the subtleties of the Odia culture brilliantly and I could feel myself reliving my childhood all
24 October 2015
Having followed Minakhi's works for quite some time, I was filled with intrigue and anticipation when I heard that his first novella is based out of our native place, Berhampur. Minakhi has managed to capture the subtleties of the Odia culture brilliantly and I could feel myself reliving my childhood all over again. The storyline is crisp and the characters, unique. Laali's innocence and imagination reminded me of happier days and I found myself developing a strong affection for her. In fact, I could connect with all the female characters at some level and that's one of the most interesting things about this book.
However, there were a few things that I found to be amiss. I found the plot in particular to be underdeveloped and the characters, under-cooked. Laali's dreams for instance, weren't explored in depth. Same goes for Alekhya's mother. For a woman, who has suffered emotionally and mentally throughout her life, her character deserved to get more attention than it received. The plot seemed hurried and lacked the vividity that's generally present in the author's works.
Nevertheless, it was a good, leisure read and I'll be looking forward to more such pieces from Minakhi. All the best! :)