Verdict: ☆☆☆ ½ Short stories are always Interesting to read, If it is written in a simple and beautiful manner. It is a collection of 9 stories blend with emotions that will surely make you cry. A good book for a Lazy Sunday..
About The Author: Anupa Mehta is a widely published author and columnist. Her first novel ‘The waiting Room was published in 2007, along with a book of interviews with leading artists titled India 20. She was founding editor, Art India, and has edited several books on Indian contemporary art. Her day job is that of an art consultant. She turns to fiction, her first love, to locate life’s redeeming moments and it’s beauty; to re-acquaint readers with the transformational power of art.
About The book: Unseasonal rain is a bouquet of extraordinary stories centered on the idea of loss in the lives of ordinary people. Each tale tunes into moments of rupture in a calibrated manner to record the daily destruction that is part and parcel of life. Mehta evokes a roller coaster of memories through characters as vulnerable and flawed as any we might know. These stories - some of which bubble with the patois Gujarati immigrants and their local counterparts - bring to the surface the strange, often absurd desires of the heart. Not only to surprise and delight, but also to reveal inexplicable mysteries at the heart of human experience.
Review: First look of the cover is beautiful and Title make you assume to be a love story but Blurb clearly indicates that it contains shorts stories dealing with loss of lives of people. All the stories are blend with emotions that will make you cry. It is written in simple language and easy to understand. Each characters are well defined and they relate to the lives of ordinary people as they have faced the loss in their own life which makes you get connected with them. The book contains 9 stories and all of them are interesting to read but the two of my favourites are:
1. A Distant Aunt: How some relation is close to your hear that their loss makes you helpless. This is what explained in this story. All the emotions were beautifully captured by the Author. The journey of Meena Kaki will really make the readers emotional. She was a dutiful wife and a very kind lady. The beauty of this story is it will make you feel content and you will also remember the people who made an impact in your life.
2. Lists is the story about an old lady Kamal Fai, who lives in a now dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of Mumbai and who loves and still pampers her niece Ronita like she is a kid; bringing her sweets and home cooked savouries and calling upon her most weekends she is indeed quite fond of her. But Kamal Fai has one peculiar habit – that of making all kinds of lists. Tanu is Ronita’s friends and through her she discovers the world of Kamal Fai. From the moment they meet, they become quite fond of each other with Tanu visiting her on almost all weekends. Kamal Fai confides in her and dotes on her. But soon old cage and grief catches up with her and one day she dies. Tanu grieves the sudden departure of her beloved friend but is surprised to find out a small package left for her. What she finds is not only beautiful but also heart touching.
All the stories are so emotional and heart touching that you feel like depressed but at the same time enjoy reading the stories as I am sure it will make you remember your people who are closed to you.
All the best Author. Love to read more from you…..