From An-Other Land
The first thing that caught my attention was the Author’s Note. It was one of the best written introductions that I have come across.
Once I started reading the book, I found it a bit depressing initially. It seemed as if all the stories were sad ones. I even put the book down to go and do something happier. But then I can never stop reading a book half way and so I was back.
And am I glad I picked up the book again. Because the rest of the afternoon transported me to a different world.
The weird thing is that Ms.Ghosh has written the stories with barely two or three lines of direct speech and yet the stories are compelling. She had managed to get into the head of all the varied characters and create a wonderful mosaic. Each story is different, yet they are knitted together by the first and last chapter and that gives a very satisfying finish to the book.